Alternatives to Plant-Based Oils
Between 2000 and 2012, rainforests equaling the size of Ireland were cleared, in Indonesia, to make room for palm plantations. Why? Palm oil is now used in over 50% of consumer products, including shampoos, detergents, cosmetics, and candles. The demand for palm oil to manufacture these and other products grew from 2.5 million tons in 1972 to 58.7 million tons in 2012. Using palm oil is cheap and easy, but competitive alternatives that are sustainable are urgently needed. What about the higher-value derivatives of palm oil? Or other plant-based oils, such as macadamia oil? Kiverdi's technology recycles carbon dioxide into oils with properties similar to plant-based oils and derivatives, creating sustainable alternatives. This includes palm oil (PALM+) but it also includes higher-value oils such as macadamia oil.