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Popperina
18-07-2008, 04:07 PM
Hi

I'm very new, but have a desperate question to ask. Do you know where I can buy sustainable palm oil from or what's the best substitution to use? I have quite a few recipes that I want to try but they use palm oil and I am opposed to use it as rainforests are cut down to make way for palm oil plantations and it endangers orangutans and other species.

Cheers

Poppy4lee
18-07-2008, 05:56 PM
Hello & (welcome). If you look at http://www.hippyshopper.com/2007/11/no_such_thing_a.html it says that there is no such thing as sustainable palm oil. If you Google 'palm oil substitutes' you'll get loads of information about various substitutes. Hope that helps :D

Popperina
21-07-2008, 04:15 PM
Thanks for this. Very useful

Comforts & Candles
22-07-2008, 12:26 AM
I don't use palm oil myself now in my newer recipes that I've had certified; but if I were to buy it then I would purchase from Fresholi... Helen's description states: "Our organic palm oil is sourced from sustainable, eco-friendly crop plantations in Columbia who are signed up to RSPO."
http://www.fresholi.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=12&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=26

If you definitely wish to avoid using palm oil at all in your soap then I would suggest heading over to Gracefruit's site... Elizabeth has a selection of palm oil free soap recipes that she's posted on there... Worth a go to give yourself a feel for different oil combos and hardening times when palm's left out...
http://www.gracefruit.com/scripts/openExtra.asp?extra=26

Don't be tempted to sub Trex or Pura etc from the supermarket thinking it is 'just' a hard veg oil though - they do contain palm...

HTH x

Popperina
14-08-2008, 09:55 AM
Me again...

Oh no, what is ethical to use when it comes to vegetable oil? I haven't found anywhere on the net who sells it for soap purposes. The same for sunflower oil also, I read you shouldn't use the supermarket stuff for your products.