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 […]


Never Ending Commitment

(August 25, 2020) The Covid pandemic is still affecting all of us. Like many communities around the world, the farming communities in Ecuador have also been severely impacted. Many families are struggling to make ends meet and children have been deprived of going to school, losing out on their education and the daily connection with […]

Golden Palm

Golden Palm

(June 29, 2020) Beauty editor Karen van Ede wrote an excellent article about palm oil in cosmetics for Vogue Nederland. Looking for answers whether palm oil can be produced in a responsible manner, she explores alternatives when buying cosmetics. A clear and nuanced piece, including concrete actions that we, as consumers, can take. Palm oil is the […]

It’s All About Transparency

It’s All About Transparency

(June 23, 2020) Palm oil remains a subject that triggers emotions, that much is clear to see. But when we talk about palm oil and the challenges we face — not only in producing it sustainably but also marketing it transparently — we find anything but clarity. Why is that? Turns out there are risks […]

fair-trade palm oil

5 Brands That Use Palm Oil You Can Trust

(June 8, 2020) If you want to believe the media, you better stay away from palm oil. But when you dig a little deeper, you will learn that there is also good palm oil that is produced with respect for nature, people and animals. But how will you know that soap, peanut butter and snack […]