Here at Whole Earth we take environmental and social matters very seriously and want to help protect our planet. We only use 100% sustainable palm oil that has no impact on the environment, local people or local habitats.
We have created this page to help simplify the complex nature of the palm oil debate. We hope it will explain why we are supporting sustainable palm oil and you will find it useful.
If you would like more information we have included some
helpful links at the bottom of this page.
Palm oil is a very versatile ingredient, as such, it can be found in over 50% of products on supermarket shelves; from ice-cream, make-up, chocolate, biscuits, shampoo, detergent , bread and margarine. Until new legislation in 2015, many products were not clearly labelled as such.
Palm is the most efficient oil and when sourced sustainably, is the best for the environment, with the lowest carbon footprint. Substituting the worlds demand to other oils would lead to environmental damage elsewhere, therefore it's important to grow and buy sustainable palm oil.
Plantations which grow fully sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) do not negatively impact the environment, local habitats or people.
Palm oil actually provides a vital source of income to local communities and families in developing countries, helping lift them out of poverty.
Farmers are growing fully sustainable palm oil but in 2013, only 51% was bought. More companies and consumers need to buy sustainably to help protect our planet.
Whole Earth is proud to be 100% certified by the RSPO. This means we buy sustainable palm oil (identity preserved and segregated*) at a premium. This means the farming of palm oil is bound by strict guidelines to ensure the local environment and habits are preserved and communities can enjoy a better standard of living.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) promotes palm oil production practices that help reduce deforestation, preserve biodiversity, and respect the livelihoods of rural communities in oil-producing countries. It ensures that no new primary forest or other high conservation value areas are sacrificed for palm oil plantations, that plantations apply accepted best practices and that the basic rights and living conditions of millions of plantation workers, smallholders and indigenous people are fully respected.
All information on this page is factually correct at time of writing - source from the RSPO and WWF websites