Palm oil, which comes from the fruit of palm trees, is the “most produced vegetable oil in the world.” Each year, 60 million tons are produced to make products we use every day, such as soaps, detergents, and floor cleaners.
“Today, palm oil is grown throughout Africa, Asia, North America, and South America, with 85% of palm oil globally produced and exported from Indonesia and Malaysia. With palm oil being a popular choice amongst manufacturers due its high-yield and versatility, the demand for it has increased massively.”
Between 1973 and 2015, it was recorded that about 57% of deforestation in Malaysia and Borneo was due to palm oil production. As the demand rises, the social and environmental consequences of palm oil production are causing many to boycott products that contain it.
You can read more about the effects of palm oil production here.