As you now know how important the reduction of our palm oil consumption is (see Palm Oil #1), you might wonder how to adjust your daily routines and what products to avoid. This blogpost is supposed to give you tips for a daily life using less and possibly sustainable palm oil.
If you want to reduce your palm oil consumption you have to work for it. After all, Germany has made a start with obliging companies to clearly name palm oil on food packages. This rule doesn’t apply for cosmetics though. Also there are about 200 alternate names producers can choose to put on their product (you can find a list on palmoilinvestigations.org) leaving consumers confused or helpless. If you want to know about companies’ general policies concerning palm oil, you might find answers on palmoilscorecard.panda.org, where 137 international palm oil buyers are graded on their use of sustainable palm oil. Also the BBC interviewed British supermarket chains on their palm oil sources and their participation in the GreenPlam trading scheme (news.bbc.co.uk).
Sadly, Nutella contains loads of palm oil, but there are some alternatives you might want to know about (utopia.de). If you didn’t find your product in question and you want to do even more: Contact the brands personally – they care what their consumers think. Make sure they commit to sustainable palmoil.
There are some apps that want to inform you about your product’s palm oil sources.
The POI Palm Oil Barcode Scanner informs you about palm oil content and sources of Australian and New Zealand products.
PoP Produkte ohne Palmöl is an app for the German market, but has just archived vegetarian products free from palm oil. It doesn’t help you with sustainable palm oil products yet.
Of course you can just avoid the whole shopping struggle by eating and using more homemade products. Then you’ll know what you eat. There is a helathy and easy recipe for homemade Nutella using hazelnut oil (youtube.com), and there are many more. 🙂