Castile Soap

I discovered the wonders of Castile soap about two years ago. I don’t know why it took me so long, but I’m glad I found it. Castile soap is wonderful in so many ways.

Castile soapEndless uses

Castile soap can be used for

  • shampoo
  • laundry
  • facial cleanser (if you’re not doing the
    oil cleansing method!)
  • body wash
  • toothpaste?!
  • cleaning

The Castile Soap FAQ page has more details.

Environmental responsibility

The real magic in Castile soap is its gentle, earth-friendly ingredients. It’s certified fair trade, which means it’s people-friendly too. They call it “Constructive Capitalism,” which means they share profits with the workers and the earth.

All of the oils used to make the soap are organic. Though they use palm oil, it’s grown on decades-old plantations in Africa, not newly planted, a.k.a. clear-cut forests.

Castile soap is not tested on animals. And it’s 100% vegan, packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottle. (I like to buy the big one and put it into smaller, reusable containers.)

My experience

I used Castile soap as body wash, face wash, and laundry a few years ago. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the film that was left in my sink and tubs. However, I’m back to using Castile soap as a body wash. (I have another eco laundry method that I’ll post later.) I can put up with a little film, knowing that I’m using a product that matches so many of my values. Though the bottles seem expensive (maybe because I buy the big one to reduce packaging), it lasts forever and it’s just so good for you, the workers who make it, and the planet.

Check out Dr. Bronner’s website for all the details.

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Palm oil vs. Coconut oil

Coconut TreeMany of us are aware of the destruction caused by palm oil. But what about coconut oil? Coconut oil seems to be the new trend among the vegan / vegetarian / environmental / health blogs. I’ve started using coconut oil as lotion and sometimes in baking, so I had to find out if coconut oil is as destructive as palm oil.

Unfortunately, I can’t find a lot of information about coconut oil. That could be good news – it’s not causing a lot of destruction; or bad news – the destruction hasn’t been noticed yet. I found one source, Mongabay, that describes the coconut oil market and lists articles related to forest destruction. It does not point to coconut oil as a source of forest destruction. It does, however mention palm oil; so I know it’s aware of the problem. Pretty good.

I really couldn’t find anything else. It seems that more research needs to be done about the sustainability of coconut oil. I’ll keep looking, and I hope you’ll post anything you find too!

Good things about coconut oil

Palm oil

OrangutanP.S. I never use palm oil. Ever. I’m stricter about palm oil than I am about hfcs or sugar! The good news is, palm oil is not in anything that I need. It’s only in processed food. And it’s unhealthy. Read up on the dangers of palm oil.

Your actions mean something! One company has promised to stop rainforest destruction due to palm oil.

Don’t you want to adopt that cute orangutan?

Girl Scout Cookies and Palm Oil

This morning I came across a fabulous article in the Huffington Post that discusses girl scout cookies and the use of palm oil in them. The makers of girl scout cookies in Britain have omitted palm oil from their cookie recipe and have replaced it with a much healthier and earth friendly option, olive oil.  Girl scouts across our country who have learned of how they’re clear-cutting orangutan habitats for palOil for ape scandal - report imagesm oil are urging  America’s Girl Scout bakers to do the same.

For those of you not aware of palm oil and its harmful effects on orangutan’s please see the excerpt from terra’s previous post on terra, not terror:

“Orangutans are truly beautiful apes that live in SE Asia, and we share 96.4% of our DNA with them. Their habitat is threatened by clear cutting and other sprawl. One reason their rain forests are being destroyed is to plant palm plantations for use in food, etc.”

Please support the Girl Scouts of America in making this change. Not only will it save some orangutans, it may even help your waistline! They will be cookies you can feel good about.. now how often can you say that? 🙂