A smarter, greener way
Palm Oil Can Be Sustainable
Updated: 2 September 2019
Palm oil is in everything from margarine to shampoo, growing it irresponsibly can devastate forests, wildlife, communities and the global climate.
PALM OIL CAN BE SUSTAINABLE!
The palm oil industry can grow and prosper without sacrificing any more tropical forests or causing conflict with communities.
We've set out milestones towards our goal of educating and convincing our customers to also source responsibly and change to RSPO certified based Bio Polyols.
The 3 Ps of our Environmental Policy
Updated 2 September 2019
We strive to improve the environmental quality of our Products, Packaging and Processes.
We have reduced the usage of finite materials from previously > 25% to now below 5% and aim to increase the Bio-content even further. Improving internal and external logistics will further improve the carbon foot print while delivering our products competitively to our customers.
The Case for Palm Oil
Grown in the wrong place and in the wrong way, palm oil can be devastating for people, wildlife, nature and our climate. While it's easy to offer a knee jerk solution to the complex issues of balancing our growing demands for products and our fragile ecosystem, saying ‘no’ to palm oil would likely displace, not halt biodiversity loss (read: IUCN report).
WMF reports again that sustainable Palm Oil should not be boycotted, and is likely the future. Read their reasons why as well as what you can do as a buyer.
Quoting theconverstion.com, "Boycotting palm oil would merely shift – rather than counter – losses to rainforests and wildlife caused by agriculture." Put simply, boycotted palm oil would need to be replaced by other types of vegetable oil to meet global demand – and that could actually make matters worse.
This is because, compared to other common sources of vegetable oil – such as rapeseed and soybeans – palm oil crops yield four to ten times more oil per unit of land, and require far less pesticide and fertiliser. In fact, palm oil makes up 35% of all vegetable oils, grown on just 10% of the land allocated to oil crops.
So, if other crops such as soybean replaced the shortfall in palm oil, this would not only shift more production to the Amazon (a major soy-producing region), it would also require more land, leading to further deforestation. Indeed, soybean farming is already responsible for more than double the deforestation of palm oil. In the context of other food sources, livestock and beef production has led to more than five times the amount of deforestation, compared to palm oil".
Now isn't that food for thought...