GreenPalm is an organization that advances the sustainability movement in the palm industry by keeping track of how much crude palm oil (and palm kernel oil) is produced by RSPO-certified plantations, and then brokering its sale on the open market. Since there is a limited separate supply chain for RSPO-certified palm oil, and since we are a small company that cannot afford our own plantations and mills, it is impossible for us to guarantee that the wax used to make our candles comes from palm oil that is “identity-preserved.” We therefore pay a premium for sustainable palm oil through GreenPalm to “book and claim” the source of our raw materials. To elaborate, when we started GoodLight in 2010, we paid GreenPalm to book and claim enough RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil to make the wax needed to make all the candles we wanted to produce during our first year in business. This way we know that our (and your) money was going to RSPO-certified plantations and the farmers who have made the choice to be part of the solution. Furthermore, GreenPalm donates a percentage of our transactions to the RSPO so that it may continue to grow and help shape the industry in a positive way.
This is obviously a complex issue that you can really dive into if you want. We suggest going to GreenPalm's website to get a better understanding of the role the organization plays in the palm world: www.greenpalm.org.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil was created in 2003 by the World Wildlife Fund in conjunction with government and corporate interests invested in the palm industry. The mission of RSPO is to advance sustainable palm farming practices and to promote social responsibility. Each year the RSPO hosts an international conference that brings together industry players, government bodies, NGO’s, and environmental groups to discuss the issues brought on by palm agriculture and to find solutions to its problems. While it sometimes seems like environmental concerns like forest degradation and wildlife loss are “greenwashed” by certain groups in the palm industry, we are a proud member of the RSPO and enthusiastically support its efforts. It’s a difficult task mediating so many conflicting interests, and the RSPO has done a commendable job of stepping up to the plate and initiating progress towards sustainability.
A few of the key elements to RSPO’s criteria for sustainable certification include:
To learn more, visit www.rspo.org.
We at Kula love to burn GoodLight candles. We have used their pillars, votives, and tealights in our space, and the palm wax candles always give us exactly what we are looking for: Natural, warm light that comes from a good place and good people.
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