Palm-Oil Egg Hunt: Day 3
Welcome to the third 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:
We thought that because it is officially mid-week, we would give you one less egg to manage. Here is a quick rundown of the above ingredients:
Sodium lauryl sulfate: A common surfactant derived from - as given away by the name - salts of lauryl sulfate. I've discussed how it works here before but essentially, it makes dirt and oil easier to be carried away via water. Hint: Toothpaste
Lauric acid: A very versatile fatty acid. It can be used in food as a sort of 'healthier' shortening, due to its saturated fatty composition. It can also be located in bath products as a surfactant. Hint: Low-fat or health food substitutions
Isopropyl palmitate: An ester of isopropyl alcohol and palmitic acid. It thickens and acts as a barrier, which holds in moisture. Hint: Hair conditioner / sunscreen
PEG Stearates: An abbreviation for propylene glycol stearates that are esters of stearic acid. Another well-performing, flexible waxy solid. Can be found in a number of household cleaners, bath/body products, and cosmetics. These will normally have numbers attached like PEG-100, PEG-6, and PEG-20, etc. Hint: Wild card!
Be sure to check the #PalmOilEggHunt hashtag on social media to see what's been found! & if you want to a see a summary of all the eggs we've covered so far, click here.