Moving Towards Sustainability, We Are Now an RSPO Member!
- April 13, 2021
- Posted by: Nikole Tay
- Category: LS
“Chemistry Gone Green, 25 by 25” – Maha is on an expedition to turn 25% of our businesses Green by 2025, from the smallest things like e-Waste bins to massive projects like eco-friendly chemistry and alternative fuels. In 2021, we have joined the RSPO membership as part of our sustainability initiative. We officially obtained the RSPO distributor license in 23rd March 2021.
What is RSPO?
RSPO, also known as the roundtable on sustainable palm oil, aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. It is a non-profit organization comprising of oil palm growers, palm oil processors and traders, consumer goods manufacturers, environmental NGOs, social NGOs, banks/investors and retailers. The RSPO guidelines state that producers should respect and consider local people, guarantee that no ‘high conservation value’ (HCV) areas are cleared, and minimise environmental impacts of production.
Principles and Criteria by RSPO
Following these principles and criteria can help to minimise the negative impacts of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities.
What is sustainable palm oil and why is it important?
Palm oil is an extremely efficient and versatile renewable raw material. It produces more vegetable oil per land area compared to other equivalent vegetable oil crops. Substituting palm oil with other vegetable oils may create similar or even larger environmental and social problems.
As palm oil remains in high demand globally, it has been the major driver of deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species such as the Orangutan and Sumatran rhino.
Here are some fun facts that emphasizes the importance of sustainable palm oil:
- 50% of the supermarket products are from palm oil (eg. from food to toiletries)
- It has more oil production than other alternative vegetable oil
- Palm oil supplies 35% of the world’s vegetable oil demand on just 10% of the land
How can you contribute?
Your everyday choices make a difference! By choosing products made from sustainable palm oil, you can have a positive impact on our planet. Maha Chemicals offers RSPO- certified palm-based ingredients for your personal and home care products.
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