Why Sustainable Palm Oil Matters

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Posh uses lots of great ingredients that come from the rainforest, like açaí fruit, cupuaçu butter, guava, mango, and papaya. But only one tropical ingredient helps skin stay moisturized and clean while helping your products stay fresh—palm oil.

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Posh uses palm oil in a lot of products, but it’s the claim to fame of our Chunk™ Big Bath Bars. It’s the star ingredient because it has cleansing properties that help remove impurities like dirt and oil more effectively and naturally than traditional soap without stripping skin of its natural oils or using animal-derived cleansers like tallow and lanolin. Plus, it’s rich in antioxidants (it has TONS of vitamin E), which gives palm oil a longer shelf life than most other vegetable-based fats. That means it helps your products stay fresher longer.

You’ll find palm oil listed on our labels as Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, and Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter.

You’ll also find seals on some of our labels for the Rainforest Alliance (a green frog) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (a palm tree). This means that the palm oil in your product is certified sustainable, but...what does that even mean?

Palm oil is native to rainforests, so it’s super important to use sustainable growing, harvesting, and milling methods to protect the fragile and diverse ecosystem in which palm trees grow. In order to be certified sustainable, palm oil growers and millers must meet criteria including:

 

  • Environmental responsibility and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity

  • Commitment to transparency, long-term viability, and continuous improvement

  • Compliance with laws and regulations

  • Use of appropriate best practices by growers and millers

  • Responsible consideration of communities affected by growers and mills

  • Responsible development of new plantings

 

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Recently, Ann Dalton, Posh Founder & CEO, and Brett Muramoto, Sr. Manager of Events and the You Deserve It Foundation, went to visit one of our palm oil suppliers in Guatemala, Agroaceite, a division of AgroAmerica.

  • They are Rainforest Alliance certified

  • They provide livable wages and a safe working environment to their employees

  • They are partnered with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund)

  • They provide healthcare, nutrition, education, and food security to their employees and the community

  • They work to reduce their carbon footprint

  • They use growing practices that don’t deplete the soil

  • They practice responsible water use

  • They protect native flora and fauna

  • They are committed to transparency

To date, 62% of Posh Chunks contain their sustainable palm oil and we’re on a mission to get all of our palm oil products certified sustainable. When you shop for products with Rainforest Alliance and RSPO seals, you help increase awareness and demand for earth-friendly products. To learn more about how Posh supports sustainability and our efforts in Guatemala, check out the You Deserve It Foundation

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