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Which Everyday Products Contain Palm Oil?

Palm oil grows in the same area as tropical rainforests, and the uncontrolled clearing of land for conventional oil palm plantations has led to widespread loss of these irreplaceable forests. Plantations have also been connected to the destruction of habitat of endangered species.

The good news is that it can be produced in an environmentally responsible manner so you don't have to give up these products.

It's Time to Peel Back the Label

As the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet, it is estimated that palm oil is in about half of all packaged products sold in the supermarket. Peel back the label and learn more.

  • Lipstick

    Lipstick

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil is used in lipstick as it holds color well, doesn’t melt at high temperatures, and has a smooth application and pleasant taste.

  • Pizza Dough

    Pizza Dough

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil is added to both frozen and fresh pizza dough to stop it from sticking together and to enhance texture.

  • Instant Noodles

    Instant Noodles

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil is up to 20% of the weight of a pack of instant noodles. It's used to pre-cook the noodles so that all you have to do is add hot water.

  • Shampoo

    Shampoo

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil is used as a conditioning agent that helps restore the natural oils of the hair that are stripped away by most shampoos.

  • Ice Cream

    Ice Cream

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil makes some ice cream smooth and creamy.

  • Detergent

    Detergent

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil can be refined to create soaps, washing powder and other cleaning products.

  • Margarine

    Margarine

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil is used in margarine because it is solid at room temperature and is free of trans fats.

  • Chocolate

    Chocolate

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil helps create a smooth and shiny appearance in some chocolate.

  • Cookies

    Cookies

    Why?
    Why?

    Semi-solid at room temperature, palm oil is used to give baked goods a creamy taste and texture.

  • Biodiesel

    Biodiesel

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil can be used to produce biodiesel and biofuel.

  • Soap

    Soap

    Why?
    Why?

    Palm oil is used for its ability to remove oil and dirt from hair and skin as well to moisturize.

  • Bread

    Packaged Bread

    Why?
    Why?

    As it's naturally solid at room temperature, stable and vegetarian, palm oil is now widely used across the baking industry.

Ingredients List

Many products that use palm oil aren't clearly labeled. Palm oil and its derivatives can appear under many names, including:

INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol

CONTAINS: Palm oil

How You Can Help

RSPO Logo Look for the RSPO label to ensure you purchase products made with certified sustainable palm oil. This label gives you the confidence that the palm oil was produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Green Palm Label Can't find the RSPO label? Look for the Green Palm label to purchase products that support the transition to certified palm oil. Proceeds from Green Palm certificates help growers fund the transition to sustainable palm oil.

Encourage your favorite brands to source sustainable palm oil and learn about WWF's work with companies to responsibly source palm oil

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