Say Yes To Clean Candles

I have to admit, I never gave much thought to the candles I burned in my home. Until Palm Done Right brand partner Way Out Wax launched their organic palm wax candles. Although my candles burned fast, dripped excessively and released black smoke, I still continued my routine candle buying behavior. When I ran out of supplies, […]

Fresh fruit bunches harvested in an Ecuadorian farm.

Rebooting Our Relationship With Palm Oil

Written by Monique van Wijnbergen In a recent article the oil palm was presented as a Shiva of the modern consumer economy, “a great creator and a great destroyer”. The article explains how oil palm created and continues to create wellbeing for millions of people by contributing to developing local economies and eradicating poverty. But, as we know, […]

Smallholder palm plantation in Ecuador

The Role Palm Oil Plays In Our Future

(December 29, 2020) Last month I was invited to do two presentations at my son’s school. The theme was “Sustainable Development”, with a focus on how we can create positive impact working from new business and collaboration models. The goal: to inspire these 17-year-old students as they choose the next step in their education and […]

Ricardo Mejía and his daughter Evelyn, owners of Estefania farm

A New Generation Of Farmers Takes The Lead

(November 30, 2020) David Attenborough’s recent documentary “A Life on Our Planet” offers the sobering view of the decline of our planet during his generation’s lifetime. The burden of conventional agriculture on nature and its diversity of species is astounding. Yet, the documentary also presents solutions for reversing agricultural damage by creating more diverse landscapes […]

natural habitats

Protect Our Species

(October 19, 2020) By Monique van Wijnbergen Are we able to fully grasp the beauty and importance of all wildlife, including the tiniest, sometimes invisible creatures that are crucial for our living planet? When we think of wildlife often images of mammals and colorful birds come to mind, like the iconic orangutan. Amphibians and reptiles […]


Sustainable Palm Oil Is A Reality

(September 28, 2020) Is there such a thing as sustainable palm oil? And if so, what does it look like? This was the central question for a podcast interview I had with Robin Hicks, deputy editor of Eco-Business, a Singapore based news platform on sustainable development. Recent attention for a scientific paper in which co-author Roberto Gatti argues […]