Palm oil certifications

Published on: September 19, 2021

Which palm oil certifications can you trust? How do you know whether to buy or avoid any particular product that contains palm oil? Should you avoid all of them?

The short answer right now is that we should avoid most products that contain palm oil. However, there are some companies that do genuinely source sustainable palm and they are worth supporting for two main reasons:

  1. When palm oil is grown sustainably it provides some benefits, such as a high yield (i.e., a smaller land footprint than most fats) and income for developing world farmers who practice sustainable agriculture.
  2. Purchasing products made with sustainable palm oil supports the transformation of the entire palm oil industry and puts pressure on less ethical corporations to change.

But it’s important to correctly identify the companies that are sourcing sustainable palm oil – and those that fall short. I’ve previously covered the impact of palm oil but I want to update that in the next few posts. The next two posts are going to cover two products that I’ve reviewed on Ethical Bargains – one good and one bad:

    1. Nutiva palm oil, certified by Palm Done Right
    2. Earth Balance vegan butter, certified mainly by RSPO Palm Trace credits.

Palm oil Certifications

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Why You Should Get Involved
with Palm Done Right

Palm can be grown for good, bringing benefits to:

  • Our planet, due to palm oil’s land efficiency.
  • Local communities, due to the economic development oil palm production creates.
  • Our market, due to palm oil’s versatility and functionality as an ingredient, lifting product quality and performance.

Together, we can influence change for:

  • Manufacturers that are still using conflict palm oil for their products.
  • Retailers that are still listing products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Brokers and distributors that are still supplying their customers with products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Shoppers that have the power to vote with their dollar.

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