Ingredient Spotlight: Palm Oil
Conventionally harvested palm oil is VERY controversial in its use but is sadly found in thousands of household items. I can guarantee that every group member here could find it in their snack food, detergents, soaps, or cosmetics. It even has over 200 hidden names where it will be utilized: Https://
𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜…
🌴 “Dirty palm” harvesting is the leading cause of destruction of our world’s precious rainforests. The removal of acres of rainforest threatens the rich biodiversity in these finely balanced ecosystems, along with the habitat of species such as the orangutan. In 1990 there were around 315,000 orangutans. Today it’s estimated that fewer than 50,000 exist in the wild, split into small groups with little chance of long-term survival. The orangutan is only one of a number of species facing extinction as a result of deforestation.
🌴 In the tropics, tree roots anchor the soil. Deforestation removes this important structure, allowing heavy rains to wash away nutrient-rich soil. Crop yields begin to decline and farmers then have to use expensive fertilizers, which eat into their profits and further damage the environment
𝐒𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐲𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐚𝐥𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧? 𝐀𝐛𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭.
Sustainable agriculture is the ONLY way to maintain economic performance while halting the damage to the environment and farming communities. Supporting the production of sustainable palm oil is the way forward.
𝙀𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙍𝙎𝙋𝙊 𝘾𝙚𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣
Palm oil is versatile, incredible for your skin, and the demand continues to rise. RSPO aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm the new normal.
•RSPO does NOT contribute to deforestation
•Every dollar spent supporting RSPO palm fights against deforestation
•Other vegetable oil substitutes such as soybean, sunflower, and rapeseed contribute to FAR more deforestation because…
•Palm produces 4-10x MORE oil per unit of cultivated land
•Soybean farming has contributed more than double the amount of deforestation than palm
•Palm requires FAR less pesticides and fertilizers, allowing us to obtain the certified organic badge whereas every other substitute would not have made that possible
•Sustainable palm harvesting has provided job opportunities to millions of families in Indonesia and Malaysia
𝐁𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞.
𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐩 𝐎𝐍𝐋𝐘 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐑𝐒𝐏𝐎 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐚𝐥𝐦. You’ll find this incredible ingredient in our new facial bars launching next week, and I am so proud of the new badge we bear with this certification.
Whole Foods is another great example of a company taking a stand for our environment by only allowing RSPO certified palm products!