Until recently I didn’t know there was such a thing as “Good Palm Oil”. Now I do and am lucky enough to have to have the opportunity to work alongside RSPO in raising awareness that we do have a choice between bad palm oil and sustainably sourced Palm Oil.
What is “Bad Palm Oil”?
Unsustainably sourced Palm Oil is devastating to our environment (soil and water pollution), animals (loss of habitat) and people (eviction of forest – dwelling people).
Honestly, the facts say it all:
Palm oil is in around 50% of all products on our supermarket shelves and around 70% of the world’s cosmetics and household detergents.
As you can see Palm Oil is pretty unavoidable.
It is expected that by 2022 the consumption of palm oil is to be around 128.20 million tonnes.
Jessica Dance has put together a series of short videos demonstrating that we do have a choice when it comes to purchasing products containing Palm Oil.Share this video and say YES to GOOD Palm Oil #GoodBadPalmOil #rspo #palmoil Click To Tweet
Why do we use Palm oil and are there better alternatives?
Palm oil has excellent cooking properties plus it maintains these properties under high temperatures.
It also has no smell and is great to use due to it’s smooth and creamy texture.
It is important we continue to use Palm Oil as through the production in Indonesia and Malaysia 4.5 million people earn their living to support their families.
We just need to make the right decision and choose Sustainable Palm Oil.
So, What is Good Palm Oil?
The RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), is a not for profit association who are working with everyone from Farmers to Grocery Stores Globally to make sustainable Palm Oil the norm.
By 2020 RSPO wants all palm oil being used in our food to be sustainably sourced. They also say that “Achieving 100% certified sustainable Palm Oil is not only realistic but vital”.
Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) means it is being produced to the strictest of standards. It also helps to protect forests and wildlife and secures income for Farmers.
Good Palm Oil accounts for only 17% of all Palm Oil consumed Globally.
Click here to see what has been achieved so far.
What Can We Do To Make A Difference?
It is up to us to secure the beauty of our planet and all it contains.
You can start by looking out for products that contain the RSPO symbol. For products that are already displaying the symbol click here.
Visit the RSPO on their Website, Facebook or Twitter page for more information.
But right now, you can get active by raising awareness on Social Media:
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Did you realise Good Palm Oil existed? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!