hello it’s me again, (and hunter)
back to talk to you about palm oil and why Butt naked doesn’t currently use it and hopefully (fingers and toes crossed) never has to.
First things first, palm oil is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree and can be used in food and in the manufacturing of cosmetics, however, due to the social, environmental and ethical implications caused by the palm oil industry, this ingredient is a no-go zone for us. Why? The production of palm oil contributes to destroying the habitats of endangered animals through rapid deforestation and we’re just not about that. This large-scale destruction of rainforests is also releasing globally significant quantities of carbon pollution into the atmosphere, making palm oil a major global driver of human induced climate change.
Its low cost is why palm oil is used in so many ingredients, sometimes hidden by using ‘vegetable oil’. Manufacturers are starting to demand more access to sustainable palm oil and its derivatives, which means there will be more reason for harvesters to sell palm oil that is ethical and sustainable but for the time being, there is absolutely no guarantee that the palm oil produced is from a conflict-free and sustainable resource so I decided Butt naked can live without it.
Instead, we have an awesome team who specialise in vegan and plant-based formulation so we know we’re working with the best in the biz. These guys and gals work tirelessly to innovate, experiment and come up with new stuff that blows our minds (like everyday). It goes to show it’s just about trial and error and being open to changin’ it up and trying new ways of doing things.
Loved the chat, let’s make this a regular thing.
patrizia & hunter x