What is palm oil?
Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is commonly used in household products. The palm oil tree, Elaeis guineensis, flourishes in humid tropics and is farmed in Africa, Asia, North America and South America. 85% of the palm oil that is produced is exported from Indonesia and Malaysia. Palm oil is made from the flesh of the fruit of the tree, while Palm Oil Kernal is made from extracting the oil of the fruit’s seed. Palm oil is used in about 50% of products that are purchased and are often used on a daily basis. It is used in prepackaged foods, cosmetics, soaps, cleaners, and more. Outside of household products, palm oil is also used in some livestock feed as palm kernel cake and is often used to fatten the livestock.
Today is Earth Overshoot Day! Here’s a little background that will help you understand why today is not a day for celebration, and what you can do about it.
The kitchen is often the largest contributor to household waste, with food packaging, food scraps, and much more. Throughout my experience moving towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I have come up with five different ways to reduce kitchen waste!
1. Buy food in bulk
Buying food in bulk is one of the best ways to reduce your kitchen waste by ridding of excess food packaging in the landfill. Not only this, but bulk food is also cleaner for the planet and more efficient in shipping! Foods such as rice, pasta, beans, granola, dried fruit, flour, and much more are popular foods that can be found in bulk in grocery stores across the U.S. The best way that I have found to buy food in bulk is to purchase jars from secondhand stores (or reuse old ones) and bring those to the grocery store to fill up.
Although Conservation Made Simple is run by an amazing board and volunteers, there are two prominent faces and names that may be familiar to you: Cameron Winkler and Isabel Quimby. While we were preparing our next blog post, we had the idea that some of you may not be familiar with who we are and may be interested in learning more. If you aren’t, well we will see you in next month’s post!
May Oh May What a Month it Will Be!
So why are we so excited about May?? Well, this is the month Conservation Made Simple will be able to mark as the start to an incredible journey! As I write this article, our team is making the final touches to our website, social media posting schedules, and more!