killed to keep them off plantation land. This is a dire situation for the continuing existence of orangutans in the wild.
We promised to send out a list of palm oil-derived ingredients to help our members avoid it in our purchases.
Here is a list from Bornean Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia:
-- As a rule of thumb, if the saturated fat content is about 50%, there is a good chance that the vegetable oil will in fact be palm oil.
-- If the product contains margarine, it is highly likely that the margarine will have been derived from palm oil.
-- Additives and agents such as emulsifiers (E471 is a common one), while a
small component of the overall product, can also be derived from palm oil.
-- Other names to keep an eye out for that could be or be derived from palm oil
are cocoa butter equivalent (CBE), cocoa butter substitute (CBS), palm olein and
-- In non-food products like soaps and detergents, the list includes elaeis
guineensis, sodium lauryl sulphate, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, isopropyl and
other palmitates, steareth-2, steareth-20 and fatty alcohol sulphates – all of
which may be derived from palm oil.