We know to pick our bananas from the organics section and to always go for fair-trade coffee beans.
But what about coconut?
Arguably the most versatile and useful fruit in the world (oil, water, flour, sugar, syrup, milk, wine…yup, wine). With the oil alone we cook with it, eat it raw, and slather it all over our bodies to moisturize, heal and lubricate (yep – try it). We didn’t even mention hair, lips, shaving, or the 100 other ways to use coconut oil.
And when we think of coconuts, we think of beautiful white sand beaches on deserted islands. Lined with coconut palm trees and surrounded by crystal blue water.
However, despite the tropical regions in which the coconut grows in abundance often being very beautiful, there is a dark side to the harvesting and production of that most versatile and valuable resource.
Most coconut oil (and coconut products) on the market are not only eco-unfriendly, but various degrees of exploitative.