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What's Wrong with Palm?
In August of 2009, we washed our hands of palm oil! Palm oil is a common ingredient used to make soap, but due to high global demand from both the food and cosmetic industries, the United Nations estimates that palm oil plantations are "now the primary cause of permanent rainforest loss." We simply could not continue to use palm oil in our soap base knowing the devastating effects it was having on the Indonesian rainforest and its ecosystem. By developing a palm-free soap base, we reduced our annual consumption of palm oil by 133,000 lbs (or 250,000 kg). To celebrate our new soap base and educate our customers about palm oil, we covered our shop windows in green palm prints, sold our limited edition Jungle soap to raise funds for Rainforest Action Network and encouraged other cosmetic companies to follow in our palm-free foot steps.
Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action. To learn more, visit: www.ran.org
We raised over $34,000 for the Rainforest Foundation through the sales of our limited edition Jungle soap! We didn't stop with Jungle soap; we've since changed all of our soaps to a palm-free base and shared the formula with any cosmetics company who wished to do the same! We were also able to donate $12,500 through our Charity Pot program to the Borneo Orangutan Society, who are dedicated to protecting wild and rehabilitant orangutans and their native habitat.