What you can do
The palm oil debate is a complicated one, and it’s easy to feel confused about how best to act. With its prevalence in the global market, avoiding palm oil entirely is now incredibly hard and many people believe that it’s not the best solution anyway.
The first step to a more sustainable future is awareness. Take a look at the ingredient lists next time you’re out shopping and observe how many products in your basket contain palm oil. Talk about the issue with other people so it becomes better understood.
It doesn’t look like palm oil is going anywhere, so the best course of action is to promote responsible production. Where possible, choose products with RSPO certification or another indication that the oil comes from a sustainable source. Head to Act For Wildlife’s Palm Oil Challenge website for a list of certified brands and advice on shaking up your weekly shop.