RSPO GoodBadPalmOil Campaign
How much do you know about the use of palm oil? To be honest my knowledge was limited to knowing it’s extensive use is bad for the environment and animal habitats. Both things I care about but it wasn’t until I was asked to take part in the RSPO GoodBadPalmOil Campaign that I understood the scale of the problem and how I could help.
This is definitely one of the best parts of being a blogger – if in my small way I can raise awareness of some issues it certainly makes things worth while.
Here’s some stats (interesting stuff);
Over 50% of supermarket goods for sale contain palm oil; from margarine and chocolate to donuts and cookies – 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. “There are close to 20 million hectares of land covered with palm oil plantations and much more land is farmed by palm oil smallholders across the tropics. But only 21% of the palm oil produced globally is certified by the RSPO as being produced to sustainable standards.”
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 forest.
RSPO champions sustainable palm oil
13 countries currently have RSPO certified producers, which translates to 3.6 million hectares of land, and many companies are displaying the RSPO trademark on their product packaging.
And what can we do?
Firstly look out for the RSPO symbol on products, reassurance it only contains RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. See examples of products with the RSPO symbol here:
Plus you can help by getting involved with a new campaign from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) called ‘What’s your food made of?’. The campaign features three short fun films of knitted foods which raise awareness of good and bad palm oil.
By 2020, RSPO wants ALL palm oil being used in our food to be sustainably sourced but we can only make that happen if you join us in putting pressure on the industry and letting them know we care.
You can read more about the campaign, watch Jessica Dance͛s knitted food videos and share the positive message of good palm oil on social media via our new website.