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Don't use anything with Palm Oil

The massive coconut type palm trees you see on postcards that grow about 20 metres tall provide palm oil in their fruit typically every 2 weeks or so about 20 kg of the fruit.  That oil has often been used in soap, ice cream and other things, but now it is actually getting used in fuel for diesel engines and bio-diesel. 

The whole concept of palm oil sounds great, other than when you realise the tropical rain forest that has been destroyed so as to grow all these palm oil trees and in doing so the large amounts of carbon that was trapped in the soil and in trees in the forest that has been replaced is now getting released into the environment!  Apparently, the forests in Indonesia have been absolutely destroyed like this and that is now dramatically affecting the environment and global warming as well. 

We will never stop the problems of climate change if we don’t stop destroying forests.  It is one of those things though that you can do something about – when you buy anything look and see if it is made with palm oil and if it is don’t buy it ever again.  It is common in a lot of snacks, including things like chips, but what we cannot afford is to further damage our environment simply so that people can make more profits selling their palm oil.  Stop buying products that are made with or use palm oil and you can help save the forests and ultimately our own environment.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 13-Dec-18 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Sinead  said:
on Tuesday 05-Feb-19 02:25 PM
Why do they not tell us all of this when buying these products?
I had no idea. But at the same time, I don't think I buy any palm oil products anyway... I will still double check everything I buy in future though.

Liz  said:
on Monday 04-Feb-19 05:02 PM
One never thinks of the effects when buying these products. It is important to be mindful of not only the end product but also of how these products are produced and what effect this has on the environment.

Shristi  said:
on Sunday 03-Feb-19 05:35 PM
Wow, this is an interesting article. I will definitely be more cognizant of the ingredients before buying anything.

Natasha  said:
on Friday 25-Jan-19 08:31 AM
I studies Beauty Therapy and we learned that palm oil is very good and nourishing for your skin but after reading this. Its horrible what are we going to do if there is no more palm trees,they are so beautiful and people destroy them not thinking of what they are doing. I will definitely be looking out for that

Helen  said:
on Monday 21-Jan-19 07:43 AM
I am fully agree with this blog that we all can make a difference on our small earth and start protecting our forests. So much someone can complain and just ignore things happening around us, but it is only depends on each one of us to make a change!

Jadine Esterhuizen  said:
on Monday 14-Jan-19 08:24 AM
I do not take note at all of the ingredients used in many products that I use. If money can be money out of anything. They wont stop or think about anyone else.

Cornelie  said:
on Friday 11-Jan-19 11:36 AM
Those people who are making a fortune now in cutting down forest and setting global warming higher are also cutting of their own throats. So sad when it comes to make money.

Sarah  said:
on Friday 11-Jan-19 08:08 AM
I dont think people think about the long -term effect it will have on the environment when they start producing products ect. I am one person that does not check the packaging but i will from now on.

Prishani  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 05:01 PM
This is shocking, it is scary that so many countries and companies forget that if we keep destroying our resources it will have negative effect on our environment! I mean at the end of it all we will be the ones who suffer. This is very selfish and I agree we should do our bit to save the environment!

candice  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 04:32 PM
I hardly ever read what ingredients are used in what i purchase but thank you i have learnt something new and will be more careful in what i purchase

Daniella  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 10:48 AM
I learnt something new today- I am usually so mindful of what I'm purchasing I avoid any products that are tested on animals. I however now know i should also avoid products that contribute to massive deforestation.

Ashleigh  said:
on Thursday 10-Jan-19 09:14 AM
I am not really one to take note of all the ingredient's used in a product. I think I should start investing some of my time in checking it out.

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Monday 07-Jan-19 08:22 AM
Definitely learnt something new today
Even though palm oil has so many health benefits, I’ll rather save the environment, I’ll be more observant regarding the products I buy from now on.

Bianca  said:
on Monday 07-Jan-19 07:58 AM
It's sad to see how people destroy something so beautiful to make money, now that i am aware, i will look at the contents

Fikile  said:
on Friday 14-Dec-18 03:01 PM
We have so many things to look out for out the in the world. Everyday we have to look at everything just so that we are safe, at this day and age you never know what is best to use and what is not.

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Friday 14-Dec-18 01:55 PM
Agree with Michelle, should definitely become the new plastic straws. Very interesting blog topic - I learnt something new today. I have heard that it provides several health benefits but obviously at the cost of our environment!

Victoria  said:
on Friday 14-Dec-18 01:55 PM
Everyone can make a difference by doing something small, as long as you doing your part. Everyone should start recycling and stop buying or using products that have palm oil. We can all do our part to look after our planet.

Jadine Richards  said:
on Friday 14-Dec-18 01:49 PM
It sad to hear how humans are so willing to destroy the earth just to make money. Even today in this internet age so many people are still ignorant as to the devastating effects of global warming.

Jolene   said:
on Friday 14-Dec-18 11:55 AM
I didn’t know they can use palm oil in fuel. Global warming is a serious issue. I will definitely be more observant and check if a product contains palm oil before buying it.

Alexis  said:
on Thursday 13-Dec-18 04:53 PM
I will make sure to look out for that and not use it at all, thought, as you say, it is used in a lot more than a person would look out for - but thank you - will make a plan and look at all products I purchase from now on

Joyce  said:
on Thursday 13-Dec-18 04:44 PM
I think that and for the fact that palm oil, is also used in soap and in fuel, I would think twice before consuming that ice cream

courtney  said:
on Thursday 13-Dec-18 11:14 AM
Out of sight, out of mind. If there’s one human trait that’s responsible for the continued ravaging and destruction of our planet, it’s that. The things we buy, eat, use, wear – in the main we are blissfully unaware of (and, let’s be frank, disinterested in) the collective impact they have on the people and countries producing them. It seems like we can’t go a day without being told from up on high that another ecological disaster is on its way, that if we don’t stop doing something or other, the very existence of human beings will become impossible.

We’ve heard so many shocking statistics and stories that we are no longer shocked, and the knock-on effect is that we rarely react with a sense of urgency to change our ways for the greater good. But change our ways we must, if there is to be any hope for future generations. Let’s start with palm oil.

Michelle D  said:
on Thursday 13-Dec-18 09:07 AM
Hopefully palm oil will become the new "plastic straw" and people will actually start doing something about it. In saying that, people are very reluctant to try and save the environment if it impacts their lives too greatly. It will generally be up to manufacturing businesses to initiate change.

Jessica A   said:
on Thursday 13-Dec-18 08:58 AM
Deforestation for a beauty product is shameful!! Not to mention the fact that it actually contains 50% saturated fat and isn't very healthy for you!A recent analysis found that 45% of land in Southeast Asia currently used for palm oil production had been forest back in 1990, including more than half of all palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia - coupled with this is habitat loss threatening endangered species!

Nikita  said:
on Thursday 13-Dec-18 08:57 AM
I will be visiting Indonesia in the near future so this is interesting to know. Unfortunately where there is a demand there will always be a supply regardless of the consequences. I will make more conscious decisions now when buying products and keep a look out for Palm Oil.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Thursday 13-Dec-18 08:53 AM
And every day there are someone who finds a new way to ruin our natural habitat, so sad.

clare  said:
on Thursday 13-Dec-18 07:52 AM
I don't really check what the packages say when buying the a product if I want it I just take it, But now reading this Blog I feel that I really should pay more attention to what I buy because not only is this going to destroy my life but my two boys as well.. This is the Earth we live on their is no other so we do need to preserve the plant and look after it. So I will check the packages from now on to see what is used if I see palm oil in it I will not by it. But I really want to know what is made with Palm oil so that I no what to not buy.


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