A few weeks ago, I wrote this blog post about palm oil, and what would happen if we stopped using it.
When I published it, I had just started to reduce the amount of palm oil I used myself and found it so, so difficult. It really is in virtually everything.
From margarine to cosmetics to shampoo, to biscuits, chocolate, crisps, lip balm, sun cream, washing products. You name it, it’s in there.
With a very small number of exceptions, big corporations have very little interest in the ethical issues associated with palm oil use.
They don’t seem to care that orangutans will soon be extinct, that the rain-forest is being destroyed and animals being killed every day to make way for palm oil plantations.
Large businesses don’t care about the people who are being displaced from their homes and their traditional way of life, or that the carbon produced when the forests are burned down is damaging to our environment.
There are some small companies out there who are fighting against the tide. They are manufacturing products that are truly ethical, using no palm oil at all.
And yet, there is no single place to go where you can be assured that everything you purchase will be palm oil free.
I chatted to quite a few people who were in the same position as me. They wanted to cut down on their personal palm oil consumption, but it just wasn’t practical to trawl the internet to find palm oil free products every time they needed something.
And I found myself doing that awful thing that we all do. I got annoyed at how difficult it was to make palm oil free purchases and thought, “Someone should do something about that.”
My next thought brought me to the realisation that whilst I’m not powerful, influential or rich, I am still somebody. And I can do something about it. After all, if not me then who?
So, I have set the wheels in motion to set up a completely palm oil free marketplace. I’ve set up my company, my website is being built and I’m starting to contact producers of palm oil free goods to invite them to take part.
And that’s where I could do with a little bit of help. I know that there are hundreds of companies out there who are making fabulous products without palm oil, and I need to find the best ones.
So, if you use a brilliant product that you can recommend, please let me know all about them. And if you are a palm oil free manufacturer, I’d love to hear from you!
But if, like me, you’re just looking to decrease your palm oil consumption, I hope to be able to help with that in the very near future.
After all, if not me then who will?