Palm Oil

Many of the products at Flora & Fauna are palm oil free (according to information we have from the brands and suppliers we work with) however some products do contain palm oil which is RSPO Certified or traceable to plantation e.g. Dr Bronner's. We are committed to being as transparent as possible at F&F so we want to give you our view on palm oil and give you another view so you can make the right choices for you. 

 

What do we think of palm oil?

Any form of deforestation is horrific and we see it here in Australia with the koalas, we are absolutely anti-deforestation. Koalas are under theat and Orangutans and Sumatran Tigers are likely to go extinct with how quickly we are detroying their habitat in Indonesia. That is due to our demand for palm oil. 

According to the World Wildlife Fund, an area the equivalent size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour to make way for palm oil production. Along with orangutans, sun bears, pygmy elephants and more are being destroyed and poaching is a lot easier with land being cleared. We have to do something and we are committed to doing something at Flora & Fauna when it comes to deforestation. 

However palm oil is an incredibly high yielding crop, it produces nine times more oil per hectare than the next best oil crop so it needs less land to grow the same amount of oil. In Malaysia it priovides employment and contributes to 4.5% GDP. Getting rid of palm oil will mean a shift in production and potentially nine times more land being destroyed. There is therefore a very good argument that we need to be looking at sustainable palm oil, not getting rid of palm oil. The RSPO focus on identifying and supporting sustainable palm oil so best practices are implemented and local people are supported. 

 

Why are we not palm oil free?

Some brands source palm oil incredibly responsibly and it's actually a very important part of the local community and economics. For example Dr Bronner's uses palm oil from Ghana; it's a family plantation that is very well managed and supports that community and it is not in Indonesia or Orangutan habitat. It's one of the best examples of crop management we've seen. We will always stock Dr Bronner's so we simply can't be palm oil free. 

In addition palm oil has over 200 different names so it can be found in many products as names such as vegetable oil or glycerin. Some of these will not be palm oil derived but some will and some ingredients could be derived from coconuts or palm and it is almost impossible to tell. What we have found in our research, and experience, is that a brand's suppliers can change source on them without them even knowing so your carnauba wax may start out as being palm oil free and you may even get accredited for that. That doesn't mean it will stay that way; an accreditation is done at a point in time and things change and that brand may not be accredited again for another year or longer. We err on the side of caution so we can back something 100%. We don't want to make a claim we cannot stand behind. In reality when we range over 240 brands we would need to audit ingredients, material spec sheets and sources weekly for over 5000 products. Some of this information the brands don't know so we won't make claims that we can't stand behind. We will make sure we do the best we absolutely possibly can for our planet and for you. 

Some other names for palm oil......

  1. Elaeis guineensis
  2. Etyl palmitate
  3. Glyceryl
  4. Hydrogenated palm glycerides
  5. Octyl palmitate
  6. Palm fruit oil
  7. Palm kernel
  8. Palm kernel oil
  9. Palm stearine
  10. Palmate
  11. Palmitate
  12. Palmitic acid
  13. Palmitoyl oxostearamide
  14. Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3
  15. Palmityl alcohol
  16. Palmolein
  17. Sodium kernelate
  18. Sodium laureth sulfate
  19. Sodium lauryl lactylate/sulphate
  20. Sodium lauryl sulfate
  21. Sodium palm kernelate
  22. Stearate
  23. Stearic acid
  24. Vegetable fat
  25. Vegetable oil

We also believe shifting demand from palm oil is not always the answer due to its high yield and potential for further deforestation. It is not a black and white answer unfortunately. 

 

Our view on accreditations

Think back to when you took an exam - perhaps your HSC, your degree or even your driving test. You passed that at a point in time. Would you pass it now? Maybe not. So an accreditation is done at a point in time and things change, and, in the case of ingredients and palm oil, supply changes. In addition there is no government body looking at palm oil and accrediting it as far as we are aware. The businesses doing so are just that, businesses. The amount they charge is variable and not transparent and significant. We would like the costs for certifications to be very transparent, they currently aren't. We prefer to work with brands who are ethical to the core and doing the absolute best they can when it comes to ingredients, animal testing and packaging.

Another important point to note is that some certified organic ingredients are palm derived and some organic certifications 'encourage' the use of palm oil by having these ingredients listed as permitted ingredients with non palm oil alternatives not listed. It is a minefield. 

 

How do we help reduce palm oil?

We've committed to stop bringing on brands that contain known palm oil that is not sustainably sourced and we're actively working with brands that do contain palm oil to ensure it is sustainably sourced. We prioritise brands that don't contain palm oil. The other thing we do is talk about it and be as transparent as we can be with you so you can ask questions and make choices right for you - empowering you is key here. We've listed all the possible products or brands with palm oil below. The great news is that most of our products are palm oil free* and our own brand, Green + Kind, is palm oil free and always will be. We also have a filter on the website highlighting palm oil free. We've had this for over 18 months now so palm oil is not a new thing to us. *note this is based on information provided to us by our suppliers. 

 

Which products contain palm oil

Very few contain palm oil but some do contain palm oil derivatives, or may contain palm oil derivarives. We have highlighted these by category below. This is information that has been provided by each brand and we are constantly managing, and updating, it. Note these do not necessarily have accreditations (see our opinion on accreditations above) but are based on the brand's/ suppliers knowledge. Even if a brand only has one product with palm oil it's listed. If you want further clarification please do talk to the brand and they will be able to provide that. 

 

Palm Oil Free Brands at F&F (there may be products with palm oil the brand carries that we don't range)

Brands with products containing palm oil:

  • Benecos - Their products may contain palm oil which is sourced sustainably 
  • Dirty Hippie Cosmetics - The Hydrating Hempseed & Red Raspberry Facial Primer and Facial Moisturiser may contain palm oil derivatives - they can be sourced from coconut or palm
  • Elate Cosmetics - The lipsticks contain carnauba wax; they work closely with the farmers to know where that comes from
  • Ere Perez - The waterproof mascara contains Palm Kernel Wax derived from the Palm Oil Tree and other make up may contain derivatives. Skin care is palm oil free
  • Eye of Horus - The range uses sustainably sourced palm oil
  • INIKA - The pencils (lip, eye and brow) contain RSPO Certified Palm Oil
  • RAWW - The range uses RSPO Certified Palm Oil
  • Zuii Organic - Some products do contain sustainably sourced palm oil

Palm Oil Free Brands at F&F (there may be products with palm oil the brand carries that we don't range)

Brands Containing Palm Oil:

  • Antipodes  - Some of their range contains responsibly sourced palm oil
  • Bean Body - Their facial scrub may contain palm oil; the scrubs do not contain palm oil
  • Botani - The body bars contain RSPO Certified Palm Oil from a fair trade, eco-friendly plantation in Columbia
  • Cedar + Stone - The body washes, cleansers and hand wash use a palm oil derivative
  • Dr Bronner's - their palm oil is sustainably sourced from Ghana from a family owned plantation that is traceable and Dr Bronner's work with this community plantation on a hands on basis. This palm oil is in their bar soaps, shaving creams and hair cremes
  • Dr Organic - The products may contain sustainably sourced palm oil derivatives
  • EO - The products may contain sustainably sourced palm oil derivatives
  • Happy Skin Care - 3 products may contain palm oil including ‘Perfectly Happy’ Light Anti-Oxidant Cream, ‘Happily Ever After’ Vitamin C Eye Serum, and ‘3 Cheers’ Cleansing Oil
  • Hemp Me - The range contains a derivative of Palm Oil
  • James St. Organics - The Gel Cleanser and Face Polish have sustainable palm oil
  • La Mav - All suppliers of the ingredients in our products must submit a RSPO Certificate to state the palm oil derivatives are from established sustainable farms.The only two ingredients in our products, which may use palm oil derivatives in their extraction, are:1) Cetearyl Glucose, Cetearyl Alcohol2) Glyceryl Stearate Citrate  
  • Madara - Some of the range contain palm oil free derivatives
  • Mukti - The cream based products may contain palm oil
  • SkinB5 - The acne control moisturiser and the skin purifying mask use palm oil.
  • Neals Yard Remedies - Range may contain Palm Oil - they cannot specify which products do not have palm oil derivatives. 
  • Simple as That - The sunscreen contains derivative of Palm Oil
  • SKIN by Ecostore - The range uses sustainable, traceable, RSPO certified Palm Oil
  • Speick - Range may contain palm oil derivatives
  • Sukin - Products in the range may contain palm oil and derivatives
  • Trilogy - Products in the range may contain palm oil and derivatives
  • Weleda - Some products contain palm oil derivatives
  • Woohoo! Body - The range uses a derivative of palm oil
  • Wotnot - The range uses palm oil
  • Z'kin - 5 products containing a palm derivative are: Rebalancing Lotion, Rejuvenating Moisturiser, Relief Moisturiser, Soothing Hand Cream and Line Smoothing Serum

Palm Oil Free Brands at F&F (there may be products with palm oil the brand carries that we don't range)

Brands Containing Palm Oil:

Palm Oil Free Brands at F&F (there may be products with palm oil the brand carries that we don't range)

Brands Containing Palm Oil:

Palm Oil Free Brands at F&F (there may be products with palm oil the brand carries that we don't range)

Brands Containing Palm Oil: None

Palm Oil Free Brands at F&F (there may be products with palm oil the brand carries that we don't range)

Brands Containing Palm Oil: None

Last Updated 10/11/2018