Why Sustainable Palm Oil Matters
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 also helping your products stay fresh—palm oil.
Why Posh Uses Palm Oil
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 under a few different names, including Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, and Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Butter.
What Sustainable Actually Means
We love palm oil for all the skin-loving goodness it brings to Posh products. Unfortunately, we also know that it is considered a controversial ingredient because of the rainforest it comes from. Already an ecosystem prey to deforestation, palm oil can often be part of the problem. For this reason, we are committed to taking steps toward only using sustainable palm oil. If you look, you’ll 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 that product is certified sustainable, but what does that even mean?
To protect the natural rainforest, 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
Guatemala and Posh: A Partnership
To get a firsthand view of sustainability in action, Ann Dalton, Posh Founder and CEO, went to visit one of our suppliers in Guatemala, Agroaceite, a division of AgroAmerica. Why is this partnership important to Perfectly Posh? We have a long list of reasons:
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 see more about Ann’s trip and learn a little more about the importance of sustainable palm oil, watch the video below.
To The Future
To date, 62 percent of Posh Chunks contain Agroaceite 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.