5 reasons for choosing more sustainable palm oil

You may not be aware of it, but palm oil is all around you. Yet we have to be careful about how we deal with this popular fat. Here are five notable facts about fat. Read them and you’ll understand how important it is that we start producing more sustainably.

1. One in two products contains palm (kernel) oil

Palm oil, or palm kernel oil, is an important ingredient in many products we use every day: chocolate, biscuits, ice cream and sauces use this fat, as do shampoo, cosmetics and soap. Because of its favourable influence on taste, texture and mouthfeel, palm oil is difficult to replace with other oils.

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

2. Palm oil contains a lot of saturated fats

Too much saturated fat increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. So you should consume them sparingly.

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

3. Protecting forests is essential

Sustainably managed plantations contribute to preventing poverty for millions of workers, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia. But with non-sustainable cultivation, there’s a downside: the primary forest must often make way for the dead straight lines of palm plantations. And that is happening ever faster.

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

4. Nothing is as productive as palm cultivation

The oil palm is far more productive than other oil-bearing plants. If we have to replace palm oil with other vegetable oils, we’ll need between 4 and 10 times more agricultural land for the same yield. Using sensibly the profitable palm seems the better option.

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

5. The demand for palm oil will only rise

In 2050, there will be about 9 billion people on the planet. Oils and fats play a large role in the world food supply. For this very reason, it’s important to make production more sustainable. And by any means we can to achieve it.

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

Towards more sustainability

Everyone can make a difference. By consciously choosing products which contain sustainable palm oil.

Since 2013, Colruyt Group has worked continuously to make the palm oil in our brand products more sustainable. Where possible, we use more and more sustainable RSPO certified palm oil

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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