Vegan & Palm Oil Free Easter Eggs

Easter Sunday is only a couple of weeks away so I’ve already started my Easter egg hunt. I’m looking for vegan and palm oil free eggs, or other Easter themed chocolate treats for my niblings (great word – means nephews and nieces), husband, daughter and of course myself.

The beautiful thing about dark chocolate appears to be it very rarely contains palm oil! But if you are unsure which ingredients to look out for, check against this useful list from Palm Oil Investigations.

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LUSH excuses continue

We know LUSH have confirmed that their Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Stearic Acid and Sodium Stearate are the only ingredients they cannot fully trace the sources for and so could be palm oil derivatives.

I asked:

I appreciate you say you’re working on getting information from your suppliers, but you said that in 2009 when you released the palm oil free soap base. If after 6 years they still can’t tell you what’s in their products, why don’t you find a supplier who will? Otherwise, without knowing what’s in it, and where it’s from, there’s more than a small risk it’s from conflict palm oil. Why not just find a supplier who fits with your ethical stance and will guarantee source? Continue reading LUSH excuses continue

Orangutanuary – A palm oil free success?

There is no doubt. The current palm oil situation is horrifying. Sumatra has lost almost half of its forests in the last 25 years. Only around 6,600 Sumatran Orangutans remain in the wild, and around 60,000 of all orang-utans in the world, threatened by both habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.

There are plans to wipe another 1.2 million hectares of forest off the map in Sumatra, replacing some of the most biodiverse rainforests in the world with gold mining, oil palm plantations, logging and roads. These forests are the only place on Earth where orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos co-exist – and all are critically endangered.

Experts have warned that if these plans go ahead, all these iconic species could face extinction within 10 to 20 years.

We have to speak up for the planet!

The Big Question

Can I live palm oil free?

Yes!

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Mrs O’s Fuss Free Mixes – Vegan and Palm Oil Free

I love the connections you make on Twitter. I love the conversations you never thought you’d have and people you never expect to meet. And I love a competition! Last week I won a ‘he who tweets first’ content for a free cake mix of my choice from Mrs O’s Fuss Free Mixes. Honestly, I was going to stop baking so much, really!

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Food Glorious (Vegan Palm Oil Free) Food

Now I don’t like to claim to be a food blogger. I don’t really take beautifully lit food photos and I’m not going to start writing out recipes. I just want to share that eating vegan and palm oil free this month has been so easy and delicious! Continue reading Food Glorious (Vegan Palm Oil Free) Food

Getting clean of palm oil

I was reluctant to spend a lot of money on Orangutanuary. Not only am I out of work (to be a SAHM), but it’s just past Christmas. I also have a shed-full of cosmetics just sitting idle and it all seems such a waste.

I tried the homemade alternatives for keeping clean. I washed just with water, and tackled my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. I exfoliated with coffee grounds, made my own deodorant and moisturised with coconut oil. I avoided makeup for all but one day so far this month. And I’ve stretched the eco-cleaning to the house, using baking soda and vinegar to clean the kitchen and bathrooms. I’d love to say I love this new me, but I can’t! I need products! Continue reading Getting clean of palm oil