The main issue with palm oil is it's extremely harmful impact on the planet.
To produce palm oil, the fruit is collected from the trees, which can live an average of 28 to 30 years. However, once the trees grow too high, making it difficult to reach the fruit, they are cut down to make room for new trees - which contributes to deforestation of the rainforest.
To keep up with the incredibly high demand for the cheaply produced oil, acres of rainforest are being cut down - leading to a loss of animal habitat for endangered species. This large-scale deforestation is pushing many species to extinction, and findings show that if nothing changes species like the orang-utan could become extinct in the wild within the next 5-10 years, and Sumatran tigers less than 3 years.
We have probably all read that an area the size of a football pitch is torn down in Indonesia’s rainforest every 25 seconds, with palm oil driving the destruction. Rainforests are hotspots for biodiversity, and vital for regulating the Earth’s climate.
Although there is cheaper Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) available, I decided early on not to put price over conscience as you do not need to use palm oil to make good soap.
I discovered there are other oils and butters that are kinder to the environment and good for your skin too.