Here is a great primer on what “certified sustainable palm oil” actually means. And it’s not what you think.
Here’s the gist:
My main issue with CSPO – other than how long companies tend to sit at the last two rungs of the above system – is that the term can be twisted very easily. Businesses use it freely and flippantly to prove to customers that they are environmentally friendly. After hundreds of e-mails about this very subject, I can confirm that this has been offered to me many times, with no explanation, as an answer to my questions about environmental impact. On the other hand, I’ve also encountered many consumers who say something along the lines of “but that company uses sustainable palm-oil.” To which, I have to respond, That company actually uses nothing but conflict palm-oil. The “sustainable” part of the title they’re using denotes the purchase of GreenPalm certificates, which funds sustainable practices.
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After writing dozens of such emails myself I can relate to this disturbing trend of receiving such bogus claims. It’s not enough.