Aug
30
2018

Join us with the #EveryPalmMatters campaign

Did you know palm oil is found in over half of all supermarket products, including food, makeup and cleaning products but the impacts of unsustainable production can be devastating.

Take a look at the list of ingredients in chocolates, cooking oils, instant noodles and many more, chances are you’ll see palm oil as one of the ingredient including food that kids eat regularly such as pizza and ice cream.

It is almost impossible for most consumers to go a day without using or eating something that contains palm oil, one of the world’s most controversial ingredients.

The challenges of palm oil

Palm oil is one of the biggest contributors to Malaysia’s economy. In fact, Malaysia produces around a third of the world’s 60 million tonnes of palm oil and palm kernel each year. But it is alarming to know that up to 300 football fields of forest are cleared every hour for palm oil, globally.

The expansion of oil palm plantations has led to virgin rainforests being cut down. This means wildlife habitats have been destroyed and carbon released into the atmosphere which is contributing to global warming and haze.

The solution: Sustainable palm oil

Fortunately, there is a way to better manage this and protect our rainforest. We, the consumers, need to make a better choice by choosing sustainable palm oil.

Sustainable Palm Oil is palm oil that is grown according to the standards of the Rountable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

To be certified sustainable – palm oil growers must meet strict environmental and social standards, without causing harm to wildlife or rainforests.

To date, 1,078,768 hectares of land in Malaysia has been certified as sustainable by RSPO. This means rainforest has not been destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations and wildlife is protected.

Why support sustainable palm oil?

– Helps to prevent the clearing of virgin rainforest for palm oil plantations.

– Protects the environment and wildlife

– Reduces poverty and protect the rights of locals and their land

To raise awareness of sustainable palm oil and empower people to make better choices for the future, the Rountable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has initiated #EveryPalmMatters campaign.

As a consumer, by choosing products made with sustainable palm oil we can be sure that our weekly shop is not playing a role in the destruction of the rainforest or endangered species’ habitat.

Now, we need more people to choose sustainable palm oil and show brands that there is demand!

Join me in this mission by sharing a photo of your palms on Facebook or Instagram (make sure your post is public) using the hashtag #EveryPalmMatters and tell the world why sustainable palm oil matters to you!

Follow @everypalmmatters on Instagram to find out more about sustainable palm oil.

About the Author: Merryn Tan

8 Comments + Add Comment

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    That is a nice way to preserve the environment and same time, choose better palm oil.

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      Next time you go shopping, do try to read the labels just to see how many brands actually do use sustainable palm oil. Right now, there are not many but hopefully in time, more and more brands will join the club.

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    Many are against clearing the jungle for the cultivation – to me, they are also trees, pretty much the same and they do plant secondary rcops in between the trees too – here we get kelapa sawit pineapples, a lot – very sweet and very nice.

    But of course, there is the open burning in the preparation of the expansive land areas for the planting…and later on, the irresponsible rampant use of pesticides and fertilisers. Sad that there are people who do not care for anything other than making a lot of profit.

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      I guess when they clear the land, even with secondary crops in between the trees, wildlife will be affected.

      I know alone I cant do much but together, hopefully, we can create the awareness bcoz at the moment I can see that not many are aware of sustainable palm oil. Just read the labels on products on the shelf, not many use sustainable palm oil. If only more brands will make the change then we can see the difference.

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    Great article to raise awareness about a very important issue.

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      Thank you

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    I seldom see it written like what you have shown in the last photo but I will keep a look out for it from today onwards.

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      I wasn’t aware of it previously but these days I do try to look for products using sustainable palm oil. Just like the no-straw movement, if more and more people pledge and try to make a change, I believe we can do it.

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