Using Sustainable Palm Oil taking care of our endangered species
The Ethical production of our skin-care products is very important to us. We buy our Palm Oil from Warwick based company signed up to the RSPO (Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil). More information on the work of the RSPO can be found here.
Palm Oil is derived from the palm fruit, grown on the African Oil Palm tree. It is found in many skin-care products, soaps, cosmetics and food.
The global demand for Palm Oil has resulted in the development of plantations across Borneo and Sumatra. Currently, a third of all mammal species in Indonesia are considered to be critically endangered as a consequence of this development that is rapidly encroaching on their habitat.
The Orangutan is particularly endangered. Over 90% of Orangutan habitat has been destroyed in the last 20 years. As a result of this, the UN have considered this “a conservation emergency.”
An estimated 1000-5000 orangutans are killed each year for Palm Oil development. The Orangutan is a principle species and plays a vital role in maintaining the health of our environment.
Deforestation to make way for Palm Oil production also contributes significantly to climate change. Removing native forests often involves the burning of timber and forest undergrowth, emitting huge quantities of smoke into the atmosphere and making Indonesia the third highest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.
It is estimated that 27 million hectares of plantation have been built across Borneo and Sumatra. This deforestation continues.