In 2004 the non-profit Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil ( RSPO) was formed and in 2008 the first sustainable palm tree farm was certified. Since that time, other organizations have formed to broaden the protection of the tropical forests, and their collective goal is to make sustainable palm oil the norm, while preserving and protecting the tropical forests.
I considered giving up using palm oil in my soap, because forests matter deeply to me. I did a lot of research on what exactly “sustainably grown” palm oil is. While the system isn’t perfect, I agree with and endorse the RSPO’s mission. Millions of people in the poorer regions of the world rely on the income from growing the organic and sustainable palm oil. These are not large corporations and farming conglomerates, but rather some of the poorest independent farmers in the world that are getting RSPO certified and are agreeing to not strip rich forest lands to grow palm fruit trees.
Whether you never knew about palm oil before this, or you are a person who has actively protested deforestation of our rain forests for palm oil, we wanted to let you know that we know. We know! Every ingredient in Medicine Wheel Herbals’ soap has been thoughtfully chosen and researched. Our goal is to produce soap that is good for you, and good for our world. Leave us a comment and tell us what you think!