Palm oil, a major driver of deforestation and climate change, is the most popularly used vegetable oil in the world, used in everything from snack food to shampoo to biofuel.
Palmate, glyceryl, stearic acid, sodium lauryl sulfate—these are just a few of the dozens of names palm oil and its derivatives appear as on products. For certified sustainable palm oil, look for labels from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) or the Rainforest Alliance.
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