Raise Your Palm
Indonesia has some of the last remaining tropical forests on earth, home to the beautiful Sumatran Tiger.
Yet, with as few as 400 left in the wild, this species is in real danger of disappearing forever.
Rainforests around the world have experienced devastating losses, being cleared to make way for ever-expanding unsustainable oil palm plantations, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
We all know the importance of using environmentally-sustainable products and palm oil is no different. The oil itself is not the problem – the problem lies with how and where it has been produced.
Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) is the best way to protect the environment and the people and wildlife that live in it.
What is palm oil?
Palm oil is an essential ingredient in everything from confectionery to soaps. With over 50% of packaged food products stocking our shelves containing palm oil, the demand is growing every day. The reason why is that palm oil is extremely versatile - it doesn’t melt at high temperatures, it makes things creamy (like ice cream), it is solid at room temperature and it is free of trans fats.
Palm oil is a highly productive oil when compared to alternative vegetable oils. This means that crops for alternative oils require larger amounts of land to produce equivalent amounts of oil.
Good versus Bad palm oil
Unsustainable palm oil can cause devastating impacts on the environment and local people, however the problem with lies with how and where it has been produced. That is why we advocate for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), which is palm oil that has been grown on a plantation that has been managed and certified according to the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).