Palm Oil: do you know the good from the bad?

Palm Oil: do you know the good from the bad?

In collaboration with RSPO.

In recent months my priorities in life have changed in so many ways. I’ve changed.

Not that I think there was anything especially wrong with me before but if there’s one thing that a Cancer diagnosis does, it gives you a big reality check.

Previously, I gave very little thought to the things I was eating, drinking and doing. I didn’t often read product labels. It didn’t cross my mind to think about what products I used for myself or the kids.

I cared about my planet but it came a long way down the list and I was wrong for that. In the past few months I’ve started to spend so much more time considering the decisions I make and how they effect not only me, but my family, my community and the world around me.

My health and that of my family is paramount and I’m striving to make better decisions for us now and to teach the kids to make good decisions as they grow up too.

You’ll have seen a lot in the press recently about bad palm oil and how it’s rapidly destroying virgin rainforests and ecosystems and causing air pollution to rise. Many species are at risk of extinction. It’s destroying the homes of animals like the orangutan and the Sumatran tiger.

I will hold my hands up and say I knew little more than that and it just hadn’t crossed my mind how I might be contributing to the issue.

I wanted to let you know about a campaign I’ve recently heard about from RSPO, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

RSPO are raising awareness of the fact that we can say ‘Yes’ to GOOD palm oil. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as ‘good’ palm oil – did you?

Palm Oil: do you know the good from the bad? RSPO Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil Good Palm Oil Bad Palm Oil

Good palm oil is that which is certified, sustainable palm oil and we have a choice between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’.

I was so uneducated on this – in fact, I was completely uneducated on what products actually contained palm oil.

Half of all supermarket goods contain palm oil and it’s everyday items that I hadn’t even considered like noodles, margarine, ice-cream and chocolate. Chocolate and ice-cream!

Palm Oil: do you know the good from the bad? RSPO Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil Good Palm Oil Bad Palm Oil

70% of the world’s cosmetics and household detergents contain raw materials derived from palm oil.

This little video by renowned artist Jessica Dance demonstrates this:

And this is where RSPO come in. As well as raising awareness and educating people like me on how to choose the ‘good’ palm oil, they believe that we can achieve 100% certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) and that we should.

If grown sustainably, ‘good’ palm oil can help local communities with fair working conditions and help to protect those species and rainforests that are at risk now.

Their work is already having massive effect – 13 countries currently have RSPO certified producers and many companies are displaying the RSPO trademark on their packaging. Click here to see some examples of those products.

RSPO have asked me to get involved because like so many other parents, I’m concerned not only for my family but also for the world around us.

I want to help create an eco-friendly and sustainable world for my children to grow up in. I want them to understand that their actions have consequences and that we have a responsibility to be kind to our planet.

I need to educate myself and my family more and it’s a work in progress.

RSPO are encouraging us all to join the debate on social media with the hashtag #GoodBadPalmOil and I encourage you to find out more here.

Say Yes to ‘good’ palm oil and encourage the industry to change.

What are your thoughts on the Palm Oil debate?

Did you realise that ‘good’ palm oil was even possible?



  1. 3rd November 2016 / 8:28 am

    wooow i learnt so many things about palm oil that I would never imagine.

  2. 28th October 2016 / 7:11 pm

    I had no clue that there was a thing of ‘bad and good’ palm oil but is good to read posts like these that educate us about it.

    • Mim
      28th October 2016 / 8:17 pm

      So many are the same – myself included until recently.

  3. 28th October 2016 / 10:45 am

    Wow, I had no idea about any of this. Your post is very educational and I’m glad I’ve read it and now know more. I’m going to check label’s a lot more now.

    Jordanne ||

    • Mim
      28th October 2016 / 7:10 pm

      I’m so glad it helped :)

  4. 28th October 2016 / 2:45 am

    I admit to not knowing enough about palm oil. I am currently trying had to eat much more nutritious foods though and to avoid processed food. I made brownies yesterday with medjool dates and sweet potatoes as the main ingredients and they were lovely, although not as easy as just buying them in Tesco would have been!

    • Mim
      28th October 2016 / 7:12 pm

      I’m exactly the same – but it’s helpful to know where to start now :) Oh yum they sound fabulous!

  5. 28th October 2016 / 1:23 am

    I really knew nothing about palm oil at all. And it is ice cream – that I never knew. Thanks for the informative post!

    • Mim
      28th October 2016 / 7:13 pm

      Me too – it’s in so much more than I thought and thankfully the products we have so far are the certified sustainable ones.

  6. 27th October 2016 / 6:08 pm

    I had no idea that Palm oil was in so many products. I rarely check labels on things, I probably should start taking more notice xx

    • 27th October 2016 / 6:19 pm

      It’s definitely good to check – I’m surprised it’s in so many things but glad to find a lot is sustainable x

  7. Lyndsey O'Halloran
    27th October 2016 / 8:52 am

    Wow, I didn’t know about this until now. Thanks so much!

    • 27th October 2016 / 9:42 am

      Me too Lyndsey – it’s been eye-opening for me.

  8. Priyanka
    26th October 2016 / 7:53 pm

    OMG , I was literally not aware about palm oil & I do not look at the product label. Thank u for sharing this information . It’s very helpful.

    • 26th October 2016 / 8:06 pm

      I was exactly the same and it’s still a daily reminder to do it – eventually it will be second nature I hope for everyone :)

  9. 26th September 2016 / 6:21 pm

    No, I also thought all palm oil was bad for not only our health, but the world we live in. I knew that there was palm oil in many foods we would never imagine, but didn’t know it was in ice-cream. So horrible the amount of dodgy things in our food these days and so important to read all labels. I really enjoyed reading this – you have a lovely style of writing which is intelligent yet easy to read and understand! :)

    • 26th September 2016 / 7:23 pm

      Oh thank you so much Tracy! I was exactly the same and finding out about this campaign has been such an eye opener for me x

    • 24th September 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Me too – it’s been a real lesson!

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