The dark truth behind the creation of palm oil and the impact on the environment

I’ve been trying to avoid palm oil products for a while now but I was shocked to find that it’s in tissues!!!! It’s everywhere 😦

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A Borneo forest is cleared to develop a palm oil plantation   (Picture: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images) A Borneo forest is cleared to develop a palm oil plantation (Picture: BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Sometimes buying anything – anything at all – is enough to send a would-be ethical consumer into paroxysms of worried confusion.

It’s Fairtrade but how many ‘food miles’ does it have? What’s going to happen to this packaging? And what’s the water footprint of the damn thing? It’s not always easy buying green.

But there is yet another important thing to consider when it comes to many of the everyday consumables, from lipstick to ice cream, that we buy – palm oil.

Grown in tropical areas of Asia, Africa and South America, it’s found inside food products, household cleaners, toiletries and cosmetics – around 50 per cent of all packaged products in a typical supermarket, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Because it’s a highly versatile oil derived from a very productive tree…

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