We are very excited to launch Pixi Eco Wellbeing.
This is quite a diversion from our normal product line, but our environment is something we feel very strongly about, and so we thought we could play a small part in trying to mend the damage us humans have done to our planet over the years. In particular, the destruction of the worlds rainforests and essential habitats for orangutans and many endangered species – including rhinos, elephants and tigers are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
And all for Palm Oil…
Palm oil is the most popularly used vegetable oil in the world. It is remarkably versatile and is used in everything from snack food and shampoo to biofuel. It is so prevalent that it can be found in around half of packaged items in most supermarkets.
It comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree, which is native to West Africa. In the beginning it was used for basic things like food and fibre, but because its natural yield is greater than other vegetable oil crops, and it has low labour costs, it has become the go-to oil. While trees were planted in small-scale, sustainable systems, the high demand for this versatile product has created a need for large-scale plantations.
To make room for palm crops, huge areas of tropical forests and other ecosystems where conservation is important are being stripped bare. Along with the impact on our wild animals, forest-dwelling people lose their land, local communities are negatively affected. Catastrophic fires have taken place due to plantation slash-and-burn clearing that has got out of hand.
Palm Oil – other names
Palm oil and its derivatives can appear under more pseudonym’s than just “palm oil.” In fact, there are over 200 names for palm oil derivatives. We have listed a few of the 200 below to give you an idea of some that might be obvious, to those that are not!
While some of these ingredients listed– like vegetable oil – aren’t always made from palm oil, they can be, so you can be forgiven if you look at the ingredients list on products and think you have made the right choice. Once palm oil disperses into the supply chain, the pathways to the final product are often complex and opaque. From the plantation to the super market shelf there could be multiple complex stages of production to the original palm kernel or palmoil that results in the ingredient not necessarily having to be listed as ‘palm oil’. Why not take a look at that shampoo you have been using for years, and just see for yourself, here are just some of the names Palm Oil (or derivatives of) goes by:
Hydrogenated palm glycerides
Palm fruit oil
Palm kernel oil
Sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium lauryl lactylate/sulphate
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium palm kernelate
Sustainable Palm Oil
The problem with such a widely used product, if you stop using it, it just transfers the problem to another product. So, the answer should be to ensure that the popular product is created sustainably, right? However, its not that simple, and us humans, and in particular, large corporations, are great at shirking responsibilities, and getting ‘around’ things!
Back in 2004, the palm oil industry set up the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). RSPO members have their palm oil ‘certified sustainable’ and brands using this palm oil get to claim that their palm oil is ‘sustainable’.
Most supermarkets in the UK and many large consumer brands use RSPO palm oil in their products.
However, it took 14 years for the RSPO to ban its members from destroying forests – which it finally did in November 2018. It still hasn’t enforced this new rule – and RSPO members are still destroying forests and getting away with it.
RSPO members were right at the centre of Indonesia’s 2015 forest fires crisis. This year, the fires returned – and roughly three-quarters of the fires linked to palm oil companies were on RSPO members’ land. This means that so-called ‘sustainable’ palm oil growers are – in some cases – at the forefront of Indonesia’s environmental crisis.
A derivative of ‘sustainable palm oil’ is currently being used in a well-known brand of Shampoo Bar.
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It really is so easy to be fooled. That is why we insist on no palm oil, sustainable or otherwise, is in any of the products we sell.
So apart from our obvious obsession to reducing the use of palm oil, before we started our research into what products we wanted to stock, we also decided on some other ‘must haves’. For instance,
- Cruelty free – no animal testing - in 2021 why are we still testing beauty products on animals?
- Vegan friendly – all natural gentle plant based products - natural products are so much better for us.
- no plastics, so recyclable and/or biodegradable packaging - our oceans are filling up with plastic, and it really has to stop.
What you can do
We don't suggest that you go through your cupboards and throw everything away that doesn't meet these values, what’s done is done, but if we make you just think about what you purchase in the future, and make different choices, then that would worth it.
What are the benefits for you
- you can be sure that the products you are using are Eco & Vegan friendly, Palm Oil free, cruelty free and the packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable.
- You are using naturally gentle products and use only essential oils for fragrance, you may find they don’t cause/inflame itchy or dry skin/scalp, as other soaps and shampoos can do. They also may not be as strongly scented as you are used to. All this means they are so much better for your skin and hair.
- Although the cost seems high initially, you don’t need to use as much of the product each time, so for instance a shampoo bar can last on average 40 washes (circa 20p a wash) – the equivalent of 3 normal plastic bottles.
So why not give it a go?
Why not try and see if the benefits are more than with your average products. Look at the ingredients and chemicals in your normal brands. Use these natural products, and see the difference. It won’t happen overnight, your hair and skin have been subjected to chemicals for quite some time, so you may need to give it a few days/little while, but you will see a difference for the better.
We will thoroughly research our suppliers, so our customers can be sure that our values are met. If everyone makes just a few changes really can help to make all the difference. So, what’s stopping you giving it a try?
Have a look at our products https://pixidaisy.co.uk/collections/pixi-eco-wellbeing