Sustainable Palm Oil

When asked what you might first associate with palm oil, sustainability isn’t necessarily the first thing that might come to mind. However, sustainable palm oil is a reality, and scenario for consumers and the environment where everyone wins.

Is Palm Oil Bad?

So what is sustainable palm oil? Though the production of palm oil is widely associated with deforestation and with the harming of wildlife habitats, sustainably sourced palm oil is a responsible way of acquiring palm oil for a variety of uses without harming the environment. This method of producing palm oil does not create deforestation, and is ethically sourced and friendly to wildlife and their habitats.

How Sustainable Palm Oil Works

If only 19% of global palm oil production is certified as sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), how does sustainable palm oil work? What are we doing differently to protect wildlife and forests? For over 10 years, we’ve worked with the RSPO to ensure that our independent Palm Done Right farmers employ sustainable practices and perform extensive audits to ensure that everything produced is done so sustainably.

Benefits of Palm Oil

Palm oil is made from the fruit of an African oil palm, and has a wide variety of uses. When ethically sourced, palm oil provides conscious consumers with the perfect, highly versatile ingredient for not only cooking oil and nutritional supplements, but in the making of soaps, cleaning products, and cosmetics.

Palm Done Right

It’s red palm oil’s versatility that makes it an in demand aspect of so many different foods and products that we see everyday, and hence what makes the harmful production of it so damaging to the environment and to communities when not done right. By using natural growing practices in line with the guidelines of the RSPO, this inherently sustainable oil can continue to be used in everyday household foods and products, while promoting the development of habitats and communities, instead of the destruction thereof.

The importance of sustainable palm oil

What’s the Difference Between Sustainable and Conflict Palm Oil?

Palm oil is such a versatile oil that it makes it highly in demand for use in not only cooking oils, desserts, and nutritional supplements, but also in cosmetics and household cleaning products. Due to its demand, a lot of producers sourced this naturally sustainable oil through non-sustainable methods that have resulted in deforestation, rainforest destruction, forest fires, displaced communities and animals, as well as unethical labor practices, and the massive release of greenhouse gases.

Palm oil sourced in this harmful manner is referred to as conflict palm oil, due to the harm it causes to both the environment and communities. However, sustainable palm oil production exists and seeks to correct the destruction caused by unethical practices.

The Importance of Sourcing Palm Oil Sustainably

When palm oil is sourced organically, and in a way that promotes biodiversity, protects forests, and empowers small farmers, palm oil can continue to be a huge part of our household items and foods while its production benefits its surroundings.

By using sustainable practices for producing palm oil, conscious consumers can receive the benefits of red palm oil, while knowing they’re contributing to small communities and protecting the environment. As the industry receives pressure to turn away from harmful practices, we seek to be a leader in paving the way for the wide use of organic practices that empower communities.

Our Approach to Sustainable Palm Oil

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Founded in 2004, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was created to address and respond to the rampant deforestation and destruction being caused by the palm oil industry. To correct and create a solution for these practices, the RSPO developed a set of standards to create a path to sustainability. These standards ensure the wellbeing of the environment, communities, and farmers, as well as consumers.

Palm Done Right

For the past 10 years, we’ve worked hand in hand with the RSPO to create the reality where palm oil can be sourced completely organically, while benefiting farmers and the environment instead of destroying it.

Our network of small, independent farms work to uphold organic practices and ensure that their palm oil is sourced sustainably. By doing so, we protect wildlife habitats, build communities, and protect the environment by employing only organic farming practices that promote biodiversity and economic stability. We also work to incentivize the palm oil industry to invest in changing their harmful practices and transition to sustainable practices.

The Impact

Since oil palms produce fruits for up to 40 years, when palm oil is sourced sustainably, it allows small farmers to have a consistent income. Additionally, when the soil is nurtured and organic methods are employed, the environment benefits from this biodiversity.

By planting oil palms in environments surrounded by complementary crops and leaving areas of land uncultivated, previously damaged land can be built up and enabled to produce good product once more. Additionally, instead of practicing ‘clear cutting’ primal forest methods, which are customary for the conventional palm industry and displaces and harms native species, we create environments which promote the growth of oil palms while creating new ecosystems for animals.

By growing sustainably and ethically, palm oil not only benefits the environment and creates natural habitats for native species, but benefits small farmers and communities. When palm oil is sourced sustainably, everybody involved wins.

FAQ

Sustainable palm oil is palm oil that is sourced responsibly through organic practices that preserve and benefit the environment and wildlife habitats. By planting oil palms surrounded by complementary crops and leaving the land partially uncultivated, new ecosystems can be created and the environment, small farmers, and consumers alike are able to benefit.

Sustainablly sourced palm oil will be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and will be organically farmed. At Palm Done Right, we have a network of partners committed to only using organic palm oil sourced sustainably to promote the welfare of the environment, animals, farmers, and communities. Access this network here

Sustainable red palm oil is better for the environment, animals, farmers, and communities than palm oil produced using conventional methods. These traditional methods create deforestation, habitat destruction, harm native species, and exploit works. By using sustainable palm oil, you can use your dollars to make a difference while benefiting from its antioxidants and nutrients

So how does sustainable palm oil work? Sustainable palm oil is cultivated using 100% organic practices that allow small farms to responsibly farm oil palms while benefiting the environment, promoting biodiversity, and building land up instead of destroying it. By farming sustainably, this naturally sustainable oil can benefit wildlife, create new ecosystems, and help local farmers and communities.

What is sustainable palm oil? Palm oil is a very healthy product that is extremely versatile. This oil is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E, which are both essential nutrients for the immune system and eyesight and bone health. Also, unlike traditional saturated fats, the lauric form of saturated fat found in palm oil also offers many health benefits.

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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