Palm oil vs Free-range Tallow
Supporting holistic, organic farming methods, that help to conserve the natural biodiversity of an area, (and is beneficial to the people that live there), is very important to us. This is the main reason we do not use palm or palm kernel oil in any of our products. Palm oil plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia and West Africa destroy rainforest habitats, and the animals and people they support. Even so-called sustainable palm oil comes from areas that were once forests before other farming took place.
As an alternative to palm oil, we use sustainable beef tallow. This is rendered kidney fat from beef cattle that are raised on holistic farms that are environmentally and ethically sound, in the lush eastern provinces of South Africa. The cattle are entirely free range on natural veld (shrubs, trees and grasses), and no pasture is grown for them. No pesticides or herbicides are used, including no tick dipping. They live together in stress-free family herds, at a density that is low enough to maintain veld condition, and have constant access to drinking water. No hormones or routine antibiotics are used, only a mineral salt lick is provided. The tallow is a byproduct of the meat production, and we believe follows the ethos of using the whole animal, and using local resources, rather than importing ingredients with a large carbon footprint. This high quality tallow produces an incredible bar of soap, with creamy stable lather, hardness and no known allergies.