Palm Oil Free Shopping Guide

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Before your next trip to the supermarket, here are some suggestions to help you on your way to thinking consciously about palm oil. This list at present contains a selection of products more likely to be found in my shopping basket, however, this list will be updated as more research becomes available.

Research was undertaken through checking labels during supermarket visits and much cross checking through online research. Unfortunately, finding palm oil as an ingredient is like finding a needle in a hay stack. It is not an easy task to find palm oil free products as palm oil can be hidden as ingredients from ‘vegetable oil’ to ‘Sodium Lauryl Sulphate’ (for full list see here). Even more frustrating is that palm oil can be hidden as an emulsifier number or additive, which makes it even more difficult to cross check. On the rare occasion when products listed palm oil, I felt more inclined to research the company to see whether they used sustainable palm oil or not – transparency is key.

It is important to note that not all vegetable oil and vegetable gums are derived from palm fruit. Many products do state vegetable oil/gums on their ingredient list but because the brand does not specify which type (suspect, much), I did not include the product on the list.

There are many ways to reduce your consumption of palm oil as much as possible, this includes being mindful of the products you do purchase, making an effort to consume mostly unprocessed foods, baking instead of buying packaged foods or getting creative with your own DIY body products.

Stay tuned for more projects you can do to reduce your consumption of palm oil!

If you have any DIY projects, palm oil free recipes or products you would like to share, please comment below or on A New Leaf Project’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages!

Useful resources:

Let’s ‪#‎facepalmoil‬

The Australian Government needs to turn over a new leaf and introduce the mandatory ingredient labelling of palm oil so that we as consumers can make informed choices in our every day purchase decisions. Sign the petition here: or lend your support through A New Leaf Project’s Thunderclap profile: to help amplify the message!

By Chelsea W | A New Leaf Project


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