More than half of the products in the supermarket contain palm oil and maybe even your investment fund.
It is very hard to avoid palm oil today, as it is included in food, cosmetics, detergents, and cleaning products. Even a conscious consumer almost can’t avoid using it, since there is only an obligation to declare palm oil on food products. In cosmetics and cleaning products palm oil is used in a modified way and therefore gets a new name such as Stearate SE or Cetearyl Alcohol. All LE PURE products are palm oil-free, and we support campaigns such as Zero Palmöl and are listed in their product database.
Below, you can find a list of ingredients that contain or are likely to contain palm oils:
– Vegetable Oil
– Vegetable Fat
– Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams) ^
– Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ^
– Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) ^
– 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 #
– Steareth 2 *
– Steareth 20 *
– Sodium Kernelate #
– Sodium Palm Kernelate #
– Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate *
– Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ^
– Hyrated Palm Glycerides #
– Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye ^
– Cetyl Palmitate #
– Octyl Palmitate #
– Cetyl Alcohol ^
– Palmityl Alchohol #
# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.
* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.
^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.
Are you investing in palm oil without knowing it?
A new report by the Friends of the Earth US (FoE) states that some of the US’ leading institutional investors, including pension funds, are potentially fuelling environmental and social harm by plowing billions of dollars into the palm oil industry through opaque financial arrangements.
FoE and As You Sow have developed a new database where members of the public can search for the name of their fund to see what palm oil holdings, and the value of the assets, are in the portfolio.