The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations into high conservation value forests in Southeast Asia has had a devastating effect on habitat and local communities. As Seventh Generation uses renewable palm oil in our cleaners, laundry detergents, and personal care products, we joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2008 to demonstrate our commitment to finding a global solution. In 2009, we became the first household products company to purchase sustainable palm oil offset credits (through Green Palm) to offset all of the palm oil we use across all of our products.
While we have paid a premium since 2009 to purchase sustainable palm oil certification credits to offset the palm oil we use in all of our products, we have set a goal to purchase segregated palm oil instead of credits for all the palm oil we use in the coming years, as we are now doing for our Bar Soap.
Meet the Green Ambassadors, a team of ten budding scientists Seventh Generation has adopted from the Sustainability Academy. Over the next year these students will learn about green chemistry, palm oil and how decisions made to formulate a product in the US can adversely impact orangutans in Indonesia.
Learn more about our partnership with this revolutionary school in our backyard.
In 2012, we took a step forward in our commitment and introduced the first line of Bar Soap bearing the RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil seal and formulated with segregated certified sustainable palm oil, which verifies that valuable tropical forests were not cleared, and social and environmental safeguards were met during the oil's harvest and production.
To deepen and extend our sustainable palm oil initiatives we're proud to support the Philadelphia Zoo's work to raise awareness and drive demand for sustainable palm oil.
A leader in public education and conservation, the Philadelphia Zoo has embarked on a five-year Dr. Seuss-inspired "Unless" Campaign. "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Through both on-the-ground conservation activities in Indonesia and online and in zoo education, our gift will support use of sustainable palm oil as a means of protecting the endangered orangutan.
Be a part of the solution – join the Zoo's Unless Campaign.