Raising the Bar - Our Palm Oil

From Papua New Guinea to Liverpool we spend a day understanding the refining of our 100% RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm & Palm Kernel Oil..

Raising the Bar - Our Palm Oil

It’s a complex and growing enviromental issue, we get asked about the Palm Oil in our soap bases, and soap products on a regular basis and rightly so….Deforestation and illegal clearing is causing devastation to Tropical rainforests and eco-systems. We chose to be different when it comes to sourcing our raw materials, and are proud to have been the first soap base supplier worldwide to use 100% RSPO certified sustainable Palm and Palm Kernel Oil in our production.

To give you some background the palm oil content of a soap bar is incredibly high, in fact around 50% of a soap bar is made using Palm Oil depending on the blend. The oil Palm is used to give the soap bar hardness, and stability when combined with Palm Kernel (or Coconut, softer fractions) for lathering performance, it ensures the soap doesn’t soften and dissolve too quickly when being used.

We made a stance some time ago, in fact as soon as we could to switch exclusively to use certified sustainable palm and palm kernel oil (segregated RSPO) in our soap base production. We have been pushing and working to acheive more from our supply chain to provide our customers with piece of mind and tracability, transparency of our stock and control. We wanted to ensure and understand that our Palm Oil use developed partnerships, benefited communities, protected bio-diversity, and provide fair standards for workers and small holders throughtout the supply chain.

It was a simple choice for us to partner with New Britain Oils, by working alongside NBPOL we can be sure that every drop of our Palm & Palm Kernel Oil is derived from the sustainable farms in Papua New Guinea that have been developed without any large-illegal destruction and de-forestation of rainforest, an aspect that is now too common with many of the mainstream oil palm plantations, and suppliers.

Every single drop of the Palm Oil in the products made at New Britain come from their own independently certified estates in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. They select only the finest seeds to grow and cultivate their elite trees with only the best sun ripened fruits selected for harvesting it is this strict process that ensures high quality oil in our soap bases. From planting the seeds to refining the oils in Liverpool they have total control of our supply chain and are able to trace all our products back to source.


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