It’s time to say yes to GOOD palm oil.
Today sees the launch of our exciting new global campaign, which highlights the
many consumer goods that contain palm oil and that everyone can make a choice between
‘good’ and ‘bad’ palm oil.
films show everyday items like noodles and ice cream that contain palm oil but
asks, is it good or bad? The campaign films and dedicated website feature
knitted foods created by renowned artist Jessica Dance. With support from bloggers
in the US and Europe and a big push on social media we’re asking everyone to get
involved with the debate and help raise awareness of GOOD palm oil.
50% of supermarket goods for sale contain palm oil; from margarine and
chocolate to donuts and cookies, to even household items like lipstick, shampoo
and soap. In fact, around 70% of the world’s cosmetics and household detergents
contain raw materials derived from palm oil. Globally, 13.47 million tonnes of
palm oil is consumed but just 21% of it is certified as being from sustainable
At RSPO, we believe that achieving 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO)
in Europe is not only a realistic ambition but a vital one too. The production
of ‘bad’ palm oil is rapidly destroying virgin rainforests and ecosystems and
causing air pollution to rise and putting many species at risk of extinction.
If grown sustainably, ‘good’ palm oil can benefit local communities with fair
working conditions and help protect valuable species and forests.
good news is that we are already starting to see change; 13 countries currently
have RSPO certified producers, which translates to 3.6 million hectares of
land, and many companies are displaying our RSPO trademark on their product
packaging. We now need to build on this momentum, so we’re asking you to get
involved with the debate and share our campaign about good palm oil.
can read more about the campaign, watch Jessica Dance’s knitted food videos and
share the positive message of good palm oil on social media via ournewwebsite.
*This blog post is sponsored by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.
The conversation about sustainable palm oil
is already happening and we want as many people as possible to get involved and
share their views. To join the debate on social media, use our hashtag #goodbadpalmoil
To find out more about our work here at RSPO, visit: rspo.org/about
Want to see what’s been achieved so far? We update our progress every month,
keep up-to-date here: rspo.org/about/impacts