What is RSPO Palm Oil?
Sustainable palm oil is also referred to as RSPO, CSPO, and CSPKO. It’s palm oil that’s produced by palm oil plantations which have been independently audited and certified against the RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) standard. The RSPO was founded in cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2004.
Root is committed to the reduction of adverse effects on the environment. In order to maintain that standard, we ONLY use palm oil from suppliers that are RSPO certified.
Can you just use another oil instead of palm oil?
We’ve asked ourselves the same question. While that seems like a simple solution, replacing palm oil with another vegetable oil (e.g. rape seed, sunflower seed, soybean oil) doesn’t ensure sustainable practices. These oils would still have to be produced agriculturally and require even more land to produce than palm oil.
Palms produce more oil concentration per plant and they grow taller (they take up more vertical space rather than horizontal land). Palm oil requires half as much land as soybean oil.
Knowing your product is RSPO is important because palm oil is in so many everyday products, not just soap. For example, it’s in ice cream, cosmetics, and cookies! Instead of taking the time to inform consumers, a lot of companies just slap on a label that says “vegetable oils” and call it a day.
Rather than pass the problem onto another crop (or another region) and stay silent about this issue, we decided to use RSPO oil and take this opportunity to educate and inform consumers on the importance of knowing what goes into products.
Mongabay, a non profit conservation news site, discusses the issue in depth on their website and discusses the importance of halting further deforestation in all regions of the world. The below is from their publication:
A new IUCN report shows that while palm oil leads to deforestation and biodiversity losses, replacing it with other types of vegetable oils might be even worse for the environment.
The key factor is the high yield of oil palms, with other oil crops requiring up to nine times as much land to produce the same volume of vegetable oil. Transitioning to the latter would shift the deforestation associated with palm oil production to other regions such as South America, a major producer of soy.
The report found that by far the biggest gains for biodiversity in an oil palm context are through avoiding further deforestation, which can be achieved through improved planning of new plantations and better management of forest patches left untouched in plantations.
What’s worse than palm oil for the environment? Other vegetable oils, IUCN study finds
by Hans Nicholas Jong on 2 July 2018
The World Agro Forestry’s website is another valuable you can use to learn more about sustainability and climate-smart agriculture.
Additionally, check out the RSPO’s website for detailed information on the organization.
Do you test on animals? Are your products vegan?
We never test products on animals. All of our products are certified cruelty free and vegan. The only product that is not vegan is our oatmeal honey bar, which has honey.
How long do the soaps last?
It will vary depending on your frequency of usage, lather, and whether you have soft or hard water. Most customers find they last over a month with daily use.
For longer lasting soap, we recommend using a soap saver dish with openings on the bottom to let excess water drain. Allow your soap to dry in between uses. You can also cut the bars in half. Keep half in the shower/tub for regular use and store the other half in a cool, dry place until the first half is used.
A sponge or loofah, rather than a wash cloth, really helps bring out the soap’s lather while using less product.
When your soap gets small or breaks into pieces, we recommend using a soap bag or pouch for the soap scraps. This ensures that you’re able to use every last bit of your soap and it reduces product waste. They also do a nice job of exfoliating so you get even smoother skin.
Do you wholesale?
Yes. Please contact us on our wholesale page if you are interested.
Do you do large orders for special occasions? (Baby Showers, Bridal Parties...)
Yes! Please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your event, timeline, and budget. Since we make everything in small batches, we generally need a few weeks for larger soap orders so the soaps can cure.
Do you ship to countries outside the USA?
Yes, we are proud to say that we now sell internationally! Although we don't ship to all countries, we ship to most. Please allow ample shipping time for international orders.