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Glendale Galleria retailer to launch campaign against palm oil

August 12, 2009

I got a phone call this morning from a press person for Lush Cosmetics, which has a store in the Glendale Galleria.

Today at noon, the store will be launching a campaign against the use of palm oil with a special event, which will advertise its new palm-oil free soap.

Now, I’d never heard of palm oil before, and I bet many of you haven’t either. So here is some information from their press release:

  • “Why is LUSH in a lather over palm oil? Global demand for the oil, a main ingredient in processed foods as well as soap and cosmetics, is causing the clearing of ancient rainforests, forcing indigenous people off their land and pushing orangutans to the brink of extinction to make room for more palm oil plantations. With demand for palm oil increasing and the problem getting worse, LUSH decided that the only responsible thing to do was to reformulate its products.”

  • “While the cosmetics industry uses approximately 6-7 percent of the global supply of palm oil, the biggest current usage is food, with one out of every ten items in the supermarket, from chips to breads to biscuits to margarine, containing it. LUSH is urging other retailers and manufacturers to cut their palm oil use and have teamed up with the Rainforest Action Network in an effort to get businesses to source their ingredients responsibly.”

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