Forests are vital for clean air and water, providing the earth with an ability to breathe and us with a healthy future. They also provide a place that endangered species like Orang-u-tan, tigers and elephants call home.
Sadly these homes are at risk, with rainforests around the world experiencing devastating losses, being cleared to make way for ever-expanding oil palm plantations. Luckily it doesn’t have to be this way. We all know the importance of using environmentally-sustainable products, and palm oil is no different. If it’s grown sustainably, palm oil can help protect valuable species and forests.
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).
Choose certified sustainable palm oil today