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Iceland’s Christmas advert in 2018 brought Greenpeace’s End Dirty Palm Oil campaign to the national headlines and has since established widespread awareness of a very destructive industry. However, it is also important to remember that palm oil is many times more efficient to produce than other popular oils such as rapeseed oil and olive oil, requiring less than half the land to produce the same amount of oil as other crops. Some palm oil plantations are the cause of widespread deforestation. We therefore recommend only buying products labelled as using sustainable palm oil. If it isn’t labelled as sustainable then it could come from a plantation contributing to extensive deforestation of rainforests and the resultant deaths of 50 orangutans every week.

Palm oil can be found in many of your food and household products. Sometimes it is an ingredient in the most unlikely of products, and often palm oil is disguised under a different name. Below is a fairly comprehensive list of ingredients that could mean palm oil is included:

These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.

  • Palm Kernel

  • Palm Oil Kernel

  • Palm Fruit Oil

  • Palmate

  • Palmitate

  • Palmolein

  • Glyceryl Stearate

  • Stearic Acid

  • Elaeis Guineensis

  • Palmitic Acid

  • Palm Stearine

  • Palmitoyl oxostearamide

  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide3

  • Sodium Kernelate

  • Sodium Palm Kernelate

  • Hyrated Palm Glycerides

  • Cetyl Palmitate

  • Octyl Palmitate

  • Palmityl Alchohol

These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Vegetable Fat

  • Sodium Lauryl

  • Lactylate/Sulphate

  • Steareth 2

  • Steareth 20

These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams)

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  • Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

  • Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye

  • Cetyl Alcohol