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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Welcome and Palm Oil

Hi and welcome to our blog. Join us in finding better ways to live.

Recently we have become concerned about the use of palm oil in food and other products. Palm oil is responsible for massive deforestation in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia, forests which are home to some of the worlds most endangered species such as Sumatran Tigers, Asian rhinos, Asian elephants and Orangutans. The problem is that palm oil is found in 10% of all grocery products and does not have to be labeled (In NZ at least). More in formation about palm oil can be found at Auckland Zoo's website: 
The first step to eliminating palm oil from our household is buying products from Auckland Zoo's palm oil free shopping guide:
So here is a list of 'suspect' products that we buy. Join us in investigating these products for palm oil:
Dynamo laundry detergent 
Huggies unscented baby wipes
Pantene shampoo and conditioner

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  1. Oh laundry detergent - go the ecostore, great for baby skin and it does so many more washes per box, I am a convert!

  2. I like ecostore...but I suspect it has palm oil in it. I also don't like the way the inside of my dishwasher is going all grimy and mildewy after using it for a few months......

  3. We looked up the Ecostore website and found a big blurb about Palm Oil and its use in their products. Here is the link:
    In summary, they do use palm oil and are are one of two NZ companies who are affiliate members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Currently no compulsory audits are being carried out by the RSPO and there are concerns that many of the members do not comply with the guidelines which the RSPO sets for their members.