Palm Oil Is Ubiquitous and its Production Is Hard on the Earth—Here’s How to Shop Responsibly Made Products

Published on: April 13, 2022

Bridget Shirvell

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It’s virtually impossible to avoid palm oil. It’s an ingredient found in more than half of all packaged goods, including ice cream, baby formula, and soaps. It’s ubiquitous, and it’s incredibly problematic for anyone attempting to eat in a more sustainable, ethical way.

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The production of palm oil has had devastating impacts on the planet. It has been linked to rampant deforestation to air, soil and water pollution, climate changehuman rights, and labor abuses. So, while we’re trying to eat foods with a lower carbon impact, reduce our food waste, and use less plastic in our kitchens, we can’t help but wonder: Can palm oil be climate neutral? And how can we shop for better palm oil?

First, some basics:

  • What Is Palm Oil?

  • What Is It Used For?

  • Can Palm Oil be Climate Neutral?

  • How to Shop for Products That Use Ethical, Sustainable Palm Oil?

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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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