Choose your Shampoo right – because the rainforest is worth it.

When you read Sodium Laurel Sulfates (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLES), Glycerine and surfactants on your shampoo and conditioner bottles, do you ever wonder what exactly are you putting on your head? 
 
 
These ingredients are mostly derived from vegetable oils and animal fats, but more often than not a significant proportion of them are derived from palm oil.
 
For our latest research, carried out with Ethical Consumer magazine, we surveyed over 20 of the UK’s biggest cosmetics and toiletries companies about their use of palm oil or its derivatives.
 
Some of the biggest names in the toiletries industry  including Procter and Gamble and Superdrug as well as ‘ethical’ brands Jason and Avalon, have scored poorly, while the top-scoring companies in the survey include Honesty Cosmetics, Little Satsuma and Pure Nuff Stuff. 
 
 
Having destroyed vast areas of rainforest in south-east Asia, palm oil companies are now expanding into the equatorial rainforests of Africa, home to lowland gorillas, chimpanzees and elephants, as well as to the 500,000 people that rely on these forests for their livelihoods.
 
Our ‘Appetite for Destruction?‘ campaign aims to encourage consumers to buy products with the highest ratings, forcing those companies that are not taking their environmental responsibilities seriously to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.
 
For an extensive list of all the major hair care brands check our guide:
 
The product guide on hair care adds to the information already provided on chocolate, bread, biscuits and skincare.
 
 
If we are going to fight the companies that cleared nearly 7 million acres of rainforest in Malaysia and Indonesia we are going to need some support behind us.  Consumer power has the potential to help save the Congo’s rainforests and its wildlife that are under threat from palm oil production. Join our community and keep updated on our campaign and how you can help here.