Palm-Oil Egg Hunt: Day 1
Welcome to the first palm-oil egg hunt of the week. If you're unfamiliar with the premise of this game/exercise, here is the gist:
Before you hunt for Easter eggs this upcoming Sunday, test your skills by looking for ingredients that are commonly derived from conflict palm-oil. We thought it would be fun to make a game out of what is truly the most annoying part of being palm-oil free: checking the ingredients list. The better we understand the more complex palm-oil derivatives that are out there, the more we are in control of our own environmental impact. Each day this week, we'll post five or so eggs that you can look for in your home or in a grocery store:
Here's a quick rundown of the ingredients featured:
Glycerin: A sugar alcohol that can be derived naturally, from a vegetable oil, or synthetically. It is a natural humectant, so it deters moisture loss. Companies often buy glycerin that is either wholly palm-oil or made from oil aggregates. Hint: Mascara
Oleic acid: A monosatured fatty acid that can be pulled from vegetable oils, like palm. It is very versatile. It can be used in foods, as a 'healthy' replacement for butters, etc. It can also be used in beauty products like moisturizers and creams because it has a high lipid count, meaning it will penetrate the skin and promote moisture more efficiently. Hint: Bread
Glyceryl laurate: A monoglyceride created by mixing lauric acid (covered later) and glycerin. It is primarily an emollient that conditions skin to be soft and smooth. It can also be used as a surfactant in cleansers. Hint: Deodorants
Magnesium stearate: A stearate salt that helps the flow of certain products. It can act as an emulsifier, something that keeps the oil and water in a mixture from separating. Hint: Vitamins and supplements
Ethylhexyl palmitate: A colorless, odorless liquid created from palmitic acid. It is used as an "organic" replacement for silicone because it has a similar feel and performance. It smooths and lubricates Hint: Sunscreen
Some of these can be found in food but a majority of today's "eggs" can be found in household, bathroom, and beauty products. Some of you may find many, some of you may find none - the point is getting yourself into the habit of recognizing more complex ingredients as being possible palm-oil derivatives.
Remember to use the hashtag #PalmOilEggHunt on social media or comment below if you see any of these ingredients where you live.
P.S. If you'd like a page to bookmark, click here. It will contain a summary of all the eggs involved this week. Save it, revisit it, and watch it grow!