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Do you ever feel like you are literally surrounded by palm oil? Since it is the most popular oil for consumer goods, your paranoia may be warranted. Although many companies have made a commitment toward sourcing 100 percent sustainable palm oil, there are still many flaws in the RSPO’s system and there are still a boatload of companies that have yet to make any real progress on this front. While there are positives in the move toward sustainable palm oil, to ensure that you are not inadvertently funding deforestation with your purchases, the safest bet is to avoid palm oil all together.

This can be a hard task as palm oil operates under pseudonyms like “palmate” or can be used as a derivative for other compounds like sodium lauryl sulphate, but, do not fear! There are many planet-friendly alternatives to palm oil ridden products, you just need to know where to find them.

Since palm oil tends to pop-up in everything from laundry detergent and make-up to highly processed snacks, the best way to avoid palm oil is by going natural with your cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene-ing. Here are a few tips you can use to avoid palm oil in your life. Not only are these alternatives better for your conscience but they’re great for your health (and the planet’s) as well.

Palm Oil-Free Baking

Swap Your “Butter” Spreads

Store bought margarine/butter alternatives have been known to contain palm oil, so rather than risking it, try these alternatives instead:

  • Avocado: Packed with healthy fats and known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, avocado is a wonderful alternative. You can find instructions on how to use avocado in place of butter spreads with instructions for substituting ratios here.
  • Olive Oil: A no-brainer, olive oil goes great on toast, pasta, you name it. I highly recommend using it in place of PAM or other gross cooking sprays. It works just as well (if not better) to keep your food from sticking to the pan.
  • Coconut Oil: Using coconut oil in baked goods is one of the best choices you can make for super delicious results. You can substitute coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio for recipes that call for butter/other oils. Coconut oil has gotten a bad rap for being high in fats, but they are healthy fats that are vital for you health, so chow down.

Palm Oil-Free Cleaning


Ditch the big name detergent and make your own laundry soap. Not only will this save you some cash and keep palm oil out of your laundry routine, but it is a great way to avoid toxic chemical additives used in conventional detergent. Check out these instructions to learn how to make your own laundry soap. I recommend using one of these soap bars instead of castile, just to be safe!

Household Surfaces

Distilled white vinegar and baking soda are really the only two products you need for cleaning a kitchen or bathroom. Say goodbye to harsh chemical cleaners packed with palm oil derivatives and embrace a much cleaner lifestyle. Learn how to make your own cleaner here.

Palm Oil-Free Personal Hygiene


You really don’t need to look any further than your pantry to find natural, palm oil-free alternatives to many beauty products. Check out this article for instructions on how to make natural make-up.

Shampoo and Body

This article is a wonderful resource for DIY all-natural shampoos, conditioners, exfoliators, and moisturizers. Since palm oil and palm derivatives run rampant in the commercial versions of these products, making your own is your best bet to avoid accidentally supporting palm-related deforestation.

The many benefits of living a palm oil-free lifestyle greatly outweigh the alternative. If you have any other tips for how to avoid palm oil or have DIY alternatives to consumer products, feel free to leave comments below! The more information we have, the easier it will be to drop palm oil from our daily lives and move forward towards a more sustainable future.

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14 comments on “Put Down the Palm Oil: Planet-Friendly Alternatives For Your Home”

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1 Years Ago

The link to the bar soaps in this article actually list soaps that include palm oil. Dr. Bronners soap for sure has palm oil in it. Also, not all labels will clearly state palm oil There are many names for palm oil, even Sodium lauryl sulfate, which is in practically every freaking commercial product out there, including Seventh Generation products. It is a palm oil derivative. So if you want to make your own soap using bar soaps, keep this in mind.

11 Nov 2017

I did a little research into Dr. Bronner\'s. As much as I want nothing to do with palm oil, the palm oil they use is grown in AFRICA, which is the native country of the palm fruit tree. "The company’s palm oil is produced ethically from sustainably-harvested palm fruits in Ghana’s Eastern Region. The project is owned and coordinated by Serendipalm, Dr. Bronner’s sister company in Ghana. The company buys palm fruits exclusively from 500 small organic family farms. These farms were developed without the widespread clear-cutting of rainforest and resulting devastation to local primates that are common nowadays with many of the newer, larger-scale palm oil plantations."

You can read the full link here: https://www.drbronner.com/media-center/press-release/dr-bronners-sources-palm-oil-sustainably/

I will still search for products without palm oil, but I don\'t mind using it if it doesn\'t cause deforestation and extinction. Cheers.

Leslie Austin
3 Years Ago

I\'ve been using this product for more than 11 years. I don\'t understand why people are still using washing powder as these are far cheaper and more convenient;


Joanne VanKuren
4 Years Ago

Signed the petition. Let's stop this!

Janelle Bodu
4 Years Ago

Palm oil is in peanut butter... Interestingly the organic Kroger brand only has peanuts and water. It is a little runny so trying to get my kids used to it. I do not eat pb at all.

Wild ReLeaf
4 Years Ago

I'm a great alternative too. :)

Kyle Hampton
4 Years Ago

No palm oil! NO!

Mary Anne Gardner
4 Years Ago


Danielle Celmer DiCesare
4 Years Ago

I didn't realize how much it was in!

Cortney Jackson
4 Years Ago

I only use Vegan products that have the GreenPalm Stamp on the package so I know it has no impact on the natural environment, including deforestation & loss of natural habitats for the animals.

Roy Flores
4 Years Ago

Change already.


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