Shopping can be a bit of a nightmare if you’re trying to be vegetarian, eco friendly and fair to producers. I can spend half my shopping trip reading labels – something which was OK last month can suddenly contain something I wouldn’t give houseroom to and some labelling is so confusing I just give up. Palm Oil is one of those things I know is problematic and it turns up in more than 50% of the foods people regularly buy. It is in chocolate, biscuits, margarine and soap, it’s hidden in lipstick and shampoo. It is a REALLY useful ingredient  but, where it is grown unsustainably, it can have a massive impact on the environment and the people and animals who live there; animals which are already endangered like rhinos and tigers and forest dwelling people who can be evicted from their homes and their communities broken up.

But, it doesn’t have to be like that – if it’s grown sustainably it can really benefit local communities and help to protect forests and the animals which inhabit them. That is why I am supporting a new campaign launched this week by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which has been working since 2004 to transform the palm oil industry from a force for destruction to a force for good and to make sustainable oil the norm.

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RSPO is working across the whole industry – from farmers to supermarkets – to encourage everyone to work towards sustainable palm oil. At the moment good palm oil only accounts for 21% of all palm oil consumed world wide. RSPO wants all palm oil in our food to be sustainably sourced by 2020.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting about the campaign, explaining what good palm oil is, why we need palm oil at all and sharing some of the fabulous videos featuring knitted food (regular readers will know how much that excites me!) created by artist Jessica Dance to help raise awareness and encourage us to share the #GoodBadPalmOil message with our friends and families across social media.

What Can You Do To Help The Sustainable Palm Oil Campaign?

As consumers we can influence change within the industry by making sure that brands know we care about sustainable oil and we expect them to take action.

You can help by:

  • Sharing this post across social media with the hashtag #GoodBadPalmOil
  • Sharing the short videos which form part of this new campaign from the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
  • Read more about the campaign both here on Thinly Spread over the coming weeks and on the #GoodBadPalmOil website
  • Join in the discussion and debate on Twitter and Facebook

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post. I am working alongside RSPO on this campaign because I think it is a really important issue which is close to my heart and which I wanted to share with my readers. 

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