I have a friend on facebook who posts a lot about what products have palm oil in them. But did you know that there is palm oil in more than 50% of all products in our supermarkets – found in everyday items like margarines, biscuits, breads, cereals, noodles and even shampoo, lipsticks and detergents?
Bad palm oil isn’t just a disaster for the environment. It’s destroying the homes of animals like the orangutan and the Sumatran tiger and having a devastating impact on people too. It’s an environmental, ethical and animal welfare nightmare all rolled into one!
But did you know that there is also good palm oil?
I think that good palm oil, also known as sustainable palm oil, should be on our priority list – like buying free-range, fair-trade, natural or organic products when we can.
You might not be able to change all your products over at once, but small steps by many can have a great impact on this cause.
You can look out for the RSPO symbol on products, reassurance it only contains RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. You can find examples of products with the RSPO symbol here.
Artist, Jessica Dance, has contributed her ‘voice’ to the cause by creating these funky knitted food videos.
The conversation about good and bad palm oil is already happening and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) want as many people as possible to get involved and share their views. To join the debate on social media, use the hashtag #GoodBadPalmOil
Interested in knowing more about this campaign? Check out:
YouTube: RSPO Youtube channel
Disclosure: RSPO commissioned this post for me to raise awareness of good palm oil. All opinions are my own as is my support of this very important program.