Over recent years palm oil has gotten a bad name, a name which has worsened with time and for good reason. With colossal plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Thailand and the ever growing demand for palm oil, deforestation is the main affect of producing palm oil in these ever increasing volumes, a permanent affect that destroys forest and animal habitats. 

Many products contain palm oil, so many that a lot of people would be surprised what it can be found in. From toothpaste to industrial lubricants, soaps to sweets and pastries. Over 20 million tonnes of Palm Oil was produced in Indonesia alone in 2010 and that number has risen ever since. In 2012 Malaysia grew palm oil in over 5,000,000 hectors of land, a whopping 19,000 square miles, now that is a lot of palm oil but also a lot of deforestation!

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The rise in demand for this vegetable oil has started to have some serious affects on the environment. The main one being deforestation, which has threatened the homes of many endangered species of animal such as the Orangutan and the Sumatran Tiger. Clearing the land for new plantations also increases greenhouse gases and if this wasn't bad enough, illegal workers are often used to harvest the palm to keep prices low and a contestant flow of palm being produced with workers committing to long hours without breaks whilst earning next to nothing. It is these affects that have left animal lovers and human right activists with no choice but to search for an alternative ingredient and boycott this once loved ingredient. Many brands now also boast about being palm oil free.

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So, I hear you say, "why do you support such an ingredients that is having such a negative impact on our planet and animals?", well, here's why...


It is good to know that there are two different types of Palm Oil, there is the normal cheap palm oil that is having such a negative affect on our planet and wildlife and there is sustainable RSPO palm oil. Hopefully that's news to you because we are about to let you in on the secret that not a lot of brands are prepared to switch to and we want to change that. 

The Roundtable Of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a group that ensures that correct standards and measures are in place to produce green, environmentally friendly palm oil without threats to wildlife. Palm Oil produced in this way is certified RSPO palm oil, a certification that is recognised by some of the worlds biggest animal and environment protection organisations such as WWF and Greenpeace. Certified palm oil is grown in plantations that do not exceed their boundaries even with higher demand and therefor deforestation is prevented, thus saving animal habitats and precious forest whilst cutting greenhouse emission as the forest does not need to be cleared. Workers are also paid fairly and worked for normal hours. It's an all round thumbs up! 

RSPO Certification Logo

The RSPO is also responsible for connecting with trade markets and large companies to give them a greener option with over 3000 members worldwide. Sadly since its creation in 2004 only as little as 12-15% of palm oil is from a sustainable source which creates an issue for the sale of RSPO palm oil. Many corporations would rather use the cheaper option as it is so cheap and the popularity of the RSPO Palm Oil affects the price in which it is sold. 


Whilst many have chosen to boycott palm oil and search for alternatives, that may not be the way to go about it. For example, if we all searched for another alternative to palm oil there would be a demand in a totally different ingredient and that would start the same issue we already have with palm oil but with another ingredient. So rather than stopping the problem, we are simply moving it to another area of the world and recreating the problem but in the manufacturing of another ingredient. 
So what do we suggest?

Firstly, tell your friends who have stopped using palm oil about RSPO palm oil and the benefits it has on the environment and habitats against cheap palm oil. 

Secondly, search for brands like ourselves who are using sustainable palm oil and buy from them. The support will help increase order volumes to the RSPO plantations which over time will start to increase the percentage of sustainable palm oil in production. If you are not sure if a brand is using certified palm oil then drop them an email and ask. 

Thirdly, ask the brands who are using cheap palm oil why they are doing so and demand that you want action taken for them to start using RSPO palm oil. The more people complain about it the higher the chance of the companies in question taking a step back and considering making the change if that is what their consumers want. From small time soap makers to huge corporations don't be afraid to tell them how you feel about the use of cheap palm oil and tell them about the RSPO palm oil. 

The more RSPO palm oil is recognised the cheaper the ingredient will become until maybe one day everyone can use sustainable palm oil and it coming the industry norm, so goodbye to deforestation and greenhouse gases. 

We support the RSPO and we are proud to use palm oil in our products knowing that it is sustainably sourced, we hope this article has given you a better insight as to what RSPO palm oil is and why it is better than not using palm oil at all. 
Other massive companies using RSPO palm oil include Nestle, Unilever, Kellogg's, Starbucks, L'Oreal, Mars Inc and Procter & Gamble. 
06 February, 2017 by Scott Fellows

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