Boulder, CO—September marks the third annual Palm Done Right Month, when consumers and industry make a stand for sustainable choices, according to a press release from Palm Done Right. The mission-based platform educates the public about the many benefits of palm oil, with the understanding that it is critical to support companies that use organic, deforestation-free, wildlife-friendly, fair palm oil.

The press release explains that when done the wrong way, palm oil can have a “devastating” impact on wildlife, forests, and communities. Done right, however, palm can nurture the soil, protect forests and wildlife habitats, provide fair wages, and foster strong communities. In 2020 alone, Palm Done Right has converted an additional 33% of hectares from conventional palm growing to organic and sustainable palm cultivation. This allows the platform to expand efforts including:
  • Training and support for oil palm growers so they can convert to full organic management of their farms
  • Eradicating chemical use and preventing soil and water contamination
  • Protecting forests and wildlife
  • Ensuring fair trade and sustainable practices
  • Paying farmers a premium for their harvest.
The press release adds that Palm Done Right has two new food partners: Mary’s Gone Crackers and YumButter. Way Out Wax and Heavenly Street, two personal care brands, have also committed to organic and sustainable choices.
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Mary’s Gone Crackers’pledge to zero deforestation dates back to 2005. Each product is organic, plant-based and sustainably sourced. The Palm Done Right palm oil baked into our REAL Thin Crackers produces a delightfully toasty, crisp, plant-based product and is allergen friendly. We are committed to making products that are healthy for people and the planet,” said Carla King, Senior Marketing Manager, in the press release.

Anna Barrett, Owner ofWay Out Wax, added, "PDR is the answer to our candle-making prayers. For years, we've been on a mission to make the cleanest burning candles on the market and we are always pushing the envelope to create the most natural, most sustainable products. Having a partner like PDR allows us to confidently build a new model for truly sustainable candles - with 100% ingredient transparency and proof that if everyone cares along the way, you can deliver something you can really feel good about."

“This is how we #UniteForPalmDoneRight and support September’s Palm Done Right Month,” concluded Monique van Wijnbergen, Sustainability and Corporate Communications Director for Natural Habitats. “We are giving consumers a path to create a positive impact by making the right product choices. When shoppers find the Palm Done Right logo on a brand package, they can trust that the palm oil in that product came from an organic, fair trade and sustainable source. Palm Done Right unites shoppers, retailers, brands, manufacturers, farmers, communities and nature. Let’s #UniteForPalmDoneRight and come together for people and our planet.”