Our Palm Oil Journey August 17 2011, 0 Comments

When Clean Conscience first started we had no idea about the palm oil issue.

It was not until 2009 whilst attending a green expo a few of our customers raised the issue with us. Concerned with what I was hearing I started to research the subject and was very upset with what I uncovered. Even worse two of our most  popular products (laundry powder and Automatic dishwasher powder) were made with pure soap powder which contained palm oil.

Such was the shock of what I found within the palm oil industry, I started working on an alternative as I could not and would not be a part of this environmental devastation.

We finally came across the fantastic ingredient of soap nuts and with a bit of research, testing and hard work 
the very first Palm oil free laundry powder on the market was born.

Admittedly I was a little worried that consumers may baulk at a beige coloured laundry powder but our customers embraced it and were only to happy to try a palm oil free alternative. Clean Conscience laundry powder is now one of our best selling products.

The casualty of this story is our Automatic dishwasher powder. We removed this product from our line as we could not find an effective alternative ingredient (within our standards). We are still working on this product and hope to have a palm oil free Automatic dishwasher product out by the end of the year.

I believe the Palm oil issue is one of the greatest environmental disasters or our time and we all must become more aware of what is in the products we are using.

In the face of growing consumer concern with palm oil. some manufacturers are switching to “sustainable palm oil”.

Both businesses and consumers who are concerned about palm oil often look to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) . The RSPO is a voluntary initiative that aims to create a certification standard for “sustainable” palm oil.

It is my opinion this organization lacks transparency and enforcement and as a result is ineffective.

We do not believe true sustainable palm oil exists.

For more information on sustainable palm oil please click on the link below:
This is part 3 of a 3 part article follow the links within this article for part 1 and 2.
http://understory.ran.org/2011/08/05/what-is-sustainable-palm-oil-part-three/