This topic is a key discussion point among our customers. We are regularly asked if palm oil production is related to or the same as the process to produce palm leaf products – and if so, what on earth are we doing promoting them?
So let’s get this out the way – they are NOT the same thing
Palm leaf products are made from naturally fallen palm leaves of the Areca Tree, found in India. Trees are never cut down to make these products so you can be confident in the knowledge that you are not harming the environment when you buy them.
Contrastingly, palm oil production has decimated parts of the Far East, with huge swathes of deforestation destroying acres and acres of land.
So we thought it’d be a good idea to clear up some misunderstandings about palm leaf products and palm oil production so that when you’re showing off your new dinnerware to your friends, you’re armed with the right response!
India vs Malaysia & Indonesia
Palm oil is from a different type of palm tree to those used for manufacturing palm leaf products in India. The trees used for harvesting palm oil are instead generally found in parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.