5 reasons why there's no palm oil in our nut butters
Did you know that palm oil is the world’s most popular vegetable oil?
Used in many products - everything from laundry detergent to snacks and lipstick - it’s cheap to produce, but it results in huge environmental costs.
Here’s 5 reasons why we avoid using it in our nut butters…
1. It contributes to deforestation and human-induced climate change
Palm oil plantations have cleared some of the worlds most precious, carbon capturing forests. According to the Say No To Palm Oil campaign, “Every hour an area the size of 300 football fields is cleared in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for palm plantations.” Unbelievable!
2. It is driving orangutans to extinction.
Scientists predict the fragile orangutan population could become extinct in our lifetimes if we keep destroying their natural habitats for palm oil plantations.
In the past 10 years, the orangutan population of Sumatra and Borneo has decreased by over 20,000 - a sharp decline that coincides with a steadily-growing demand (up £2000 million) for palm oil in the United States.
3. Ad it’s driving other endangered species toward extinction, too.
Orangutans are not the only animals that at risk. There are now estimated to be 400 tigers on Sumatra versus 1000 in 1978. Sumatran rhinos are also disappearing with numbers now less than 200.
4. It is an industry with major human rights issues.
Approximately 3.7 million people work in the industry, and thousands of those are child labourers forced to work through debt bondage or human traffickers.
5. It’s bad for you
Palm oil is high in saturated fats and a poor alternative to trans fats. A study following people eating a palm oil-rich diet for five weeks experienced increased LDL cholesterol levels – very similar to consuming trans fats.
All our nut butters are made from just that. Nuts. With just a little bit of pink Himalayan salt added to enhance their natural yummy goodness.