LIVING DEFORESTATION-FREE

Palm oil is everywhere. It is one of the most widely used vegetable oils in the world, and a very popular choice amongst manufacturers due to its high yield and versatility. Unfortunately the majority of palm oil development globally has and continues to fuel deforestation in South-East Asia. And while avoiding all palm oil is not the 'silver bullet solution' to this complex issue (as the alternatives available to replace palm oil require even more land), ensuring the products we use are not linked to deforestation is an important step to take.

To assist in this process, we've developed a 28 Day Palm Oil Challenge, designed to help guide concerned consumers through the process of living 'deforestation-free'. Below you'll find four categories, each containing a collection of DIY product options and deforestation-free brands. We recommend trying out each section one week at a time, and by the end of the 28 days, you'll be well on your way to a kinder, more sustainable lifestyle! Are you ready to take the challenge?!

Week 1 – Pantry
In our pantries and cupboards, palm oil can be found in products such as breakfast cereal, biscuits, cake mix, spreads, crisps, chocolate, sweets, bread and muesli bars.

Below are some Do It Yourself pantry products and examples of Deforestation-Free brands sold in major supermarkets (mainly in Australia and New Zealand), which are not linked to deforestation or animal cruelty based on our criteria. Links to full DIY recipes found below.

DIY PRODUCTS



FULL RECIPES: 

5-Ingredient Granola Bars (The Minimalist Baker)
Crispy Matchstick Stries (The Minimalist Baker) 
5-ingredient GF Cookies (The Minimalist Baker)
Cherry Ripe Truffles (The Kind Cook)
Cinnamon & Maple Granola (The Kind Cook)
Homemade Honeycomb (The Kind Cook)



DEFORESTATION-FREE BRANDS



Week 2 – Fridge
In our fridges, palm oil can be found in products such as sauce, salad dressing, ice cream, cheese, milk, yoghurt and frozen meals/desserts. 

Below are some Do It Yourself fridge products and examples of Deforestation-Free brands that are sold in major supermarkets (mainly in Australia and New Zealand), which are not linked to deforestation or animal cruelty based on our criteria. Links to full DIY recipes found below.

DIY PRODUCTS



FULL RECIPES:

Almond Feta (The Kind Cook)
Banana Raspberry Ice Cream (Real Housemoms)
Make-it-yourself Almond Milk (The Kind Cook)
Rosemary, Garlic & Bean Dip (The Kind Cook)
Smoky Black Bean Beet Burger (The Minimalist Baker)
Creamy Mustard Dressing (The Minimalist Baker) 



DEFORESTATION-FREE BRANDS



Week 3 – Bathroom
In our bathrooms, palm oil can be found in products such as shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, hairspray, deodorant and make up. 

Below are some Do It Yourself bathroom products and examples of Deforestation-Free brands that are sold in major supermarkets (mainly in Australia and New Zealand), which are not linked to deforestation or animal cruelty based on our criteria. Links to full DIY recipes found below.

DIY PRODUCTS



FULL RECIPES:

Dry Shampoo (Wellness Mama)
Natural Hair Colouring (Wellness Mama)
DIY Shaving Cream (Healy Eats Real)
Turmeric Face Mask (InStyle)
5-Minute DIY Body Scrub (Kula Mama)
Homemade Foundation (Thank Your Body) 
Natural Toothpaste (Wellness Mama)
Homemade Hairspray (Savvy Homemade)



DEFORESTATION-FREE BRANDS



Week 4 – Laundry
In our laundries, palm oil can be found in products such as detergent, washing powder / liquid, cleaning agents and air freshener.

Below are some Do It Yourself laundry products and examples of Deforestation-Free brands that are sold in major supermarkets (mainly in Australia and New Zealand), which are not linked to deforestation or animal cruelty based on our criteria. Links to full DIY recipes found below.

DIY PRODUCTS



FULL RECIPES:

Multipurpose Cleaner (Apartment Therapy)
3-Ingredient Air Freshener (Apartment Therapy)
Green Bathroom Cleaner (Apartment Therapy)
Homemade Carpet Deodoriser (Stay at Home Mum)



DEFORESTATION-FREE BRANDS



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