5 reasons to choose more sustainable palm oil

You might not be aware, but palm oil is used in a lot of products. That is why we are working hard to use this popular fat as healthily and sustainably as possible. Read the 5 facts we have compiled about palm oil to find out why we are handling it as conscientiously as possible.

1. Palm (kernel) oil is popular

Palm oil is an important ingredient in no fewer than 1 in 2 products that we use every day; from chocolate, biscuits and ice cream to sauces. Its positive influence on taste, its firm texture and its mouthfeel make palm oil far more popular than any other oil. Palm kernel oil is a variant of palm oil that is mainly used in toiletries like shampoo, cosmetics and soap.

Boni Selection hand soap with palm oil
Palm kernel oil is a variant of palm oil which is often used in beauty products.

2. Restrict saturated fatty acids

As palm oil contains saturated fatty acids, which are best consumed in moderation, we are working to reduce or remove the fat from as many own brand products as possible. We are replacing saturated fatty acids with an alternative that contains better fatty acids, or with better types of fat that are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Coffee and cookies on the table
You should eat products with saturated fats sparingly.

3. Choose plantations that are more environmentally friendly

Where possible, we choose palm oil plantations that are sustainably managed and that minimise their impact on ecosystems – like the habitats of orang-utans and tigers. We also keep sustainable employment opportunities in mind; sustainable plantations can provide millions of jobs and better working conditions, especially in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Orang-utan in jungle
If jungles die out, the habitat of tigers and orang-utans is also threatened.

4. Nothing is more productive than palm cultivation

The oil palm is significantly more productive than other oil plants. Although we could replace palm oil with other vegetable oils, such as soya, sunflower or rapeseed oil, we would need between 4 and 10 times as much agricultural land to achieve the same yield. So, judicious use of the valuable palm seems the better option, as replacing palm oil completely with other oils would increase deforestation even further.

Palm oil seeds on male's hand
Completely replacing palm oil with other oils would lead to more deforestation.

5. Rising demand for certified palm oil

We are working continuously to make palm oil more sustainable in our own brand products. We are using more and more certified RSPO palm oil wherever possible, as demand for sustainably harvested fats is only going to rise. The world population in 2050 is likely to be 9 billion people. Oils and fats play a significant role in the world’s food supply, which is why we are choosing production that is more sustainable and more compact. 

Large group of people in the form of planet earth
More people means more demand for sustainably cultivated fats.

With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Decent work & economic growth Responsible consumption & production Life on land