THE PALM OIL PROBLEM
It is estimated that palm oil is used in almost 50% of all packaged goods but because it comes from a limited number of geographic locations, it has led to significant deforestation in those areas. Despite that, it remains an extremely popular and well-suited solution for many food and personal care products. Curbing our planet's use of palm oil is unlikely in the near future but there things we can do to make it more sustainable and reduce the environmental impact of it, especially on deforestation.
of palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia
hectares in Indonesia are covered by palm oil plantations (that’s the size of the state of Maine)
square miles of forest were lost to deforestation between 2004 and 2017
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Best Formulations has made a commitment to using, promoting and supporting sustainably grown and harvested palm oil. We are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and are working with our entire supply chain to ensure their use of palm oil is closely evaluated and puts the planet and people first. We endeavor to create products that simultaneously improve consumers lives while also protecting the future of our planet and global community.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is an organization whose members have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO. They only certify growers who commit to:
No new planting on peat
No use of fire
Protection of labor and human rights
Decent living wage
We have committed to achieving LEED certification which will make us the only Personal Care Contract Manufacturing facility on the West Coast with that designation.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a building certification program that includes a set of rating systems for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings. It is globablly recognized as a symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
Reduce contribution to global climate change
Enhance individual human health
Protect and restore water resources
Protect and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services
Promote sustainable and regenerative material cycles
OUR LEED GOALS
Our goals in achieving this designation are aligned with that of the U.S. Green Building Council. We hope to make a meaningful impact to the planet, our employees and our local community by operating our facility in a responsible and forward-looking manner.
OTHER WAYS WE ARE GOING GREEN
To deliver clean water back into the sewer system.
Our 3 stage, 4,500 gallon clarifier represents part of our commitment to being responsible caretakers of our water system – minimizing waste water through our efficient clean in place system, and clarifying any waste water we do produce.
Smart thermostats to maximize heating and air efficiency
While it may seem small, HVAC use by commercial buildings accounts for roughly 30% of their overall energy consumption. By using smarter scheduling and zone control, we can reduce that across our facility.
Electric car charging for employees and guests
We are installing electric charging stations for use by our employees and guests to encourage renewable energy based commutes and reduction in both fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.
LED motion sensor lighting throughout facility
We are installing hundreds of motion activated LED lights throughout our facility to reduce energy use and prevent unnecessary lighting of unoccupied spaces.