A major source of world's cooking oil
Palm oil is a cooking oil and ingredient in many household products from lipstick, to shampoo, to peanut butter, and doughnuts. It is naturally free of trans fats, yields 4-10 times the amount of crop than other oil plants, and constitutes about 38% of the world's supply of edible oil. It is also a valuable income source in producing countries and employs about 6 million people world wide.
What's the big deal?
Unfortunately, palm oil production leads to massive deforestation around the globe. Deforestation threatens animals, such as orangutans, removes natural barriers from floods and storms, and leads to greenhouse emissions, to name a few. The use of palm oil has been criticized and fought on the global stage (Conflict Palm Oil, Say No to Palm Oil, , and many others).
Committing to Sustainability
As you know from Our Story, we started Finny Farm because we wanted to do better by our bodies and our environment. Palm Oil is a major ingredient in our bar soaps, as palm oil provides important fats to the soap and also helps in solidifying our soap. Many soap makers out there have figured out how to make palm oil free soaps, by replacing it with another fat such as tallow, lard, or castor oil. I have experimented with castor oil and liked the outcome- in fact, I was on my way to completely eliminating palm oil from my recipes, when I discovered the RSPO. This Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil provides a certification for palm oil producers around the globe that produce palm oil in a way that is not to the detriment of our environment. I can now proudly say that I have found a supplier for RSPO certified palm oil and am committed to making products that not only benefit our body but also our planet.