Shop here and save the world! No, really.

Do you remember how, when we were growing up, we used to talk about ways to save the planet? Maybe it’s just me, but I notice that as I age, it becomes more about political conversations in my group of friends, and less about things that are equally important, such as: pollution, recycling, sustainability, and our carbon footprint. 

I could stand to make a few changes myself, honestly, and I’m not here to judge you. I, myself, use paper plates occasionally, and I own a dishwasher. I won’t lie, sometimes when I hear the gallons of wasted water whooshing around in there as I sit on the couch not hand washing my dishes, my heart breaks a little. Not enough to get back off of my couch, but I digress.

There are some things that we do that we don’t even realize can have a negative impact on the environment, and things we just do anyway, even when we know they’re bad. I want you to take a deep breathe, release some of that guilt that you didn’t feel before I just made you feel it (and then told you not to feel it), because being our customer helps you make a positive impact that you might not have even known you were making! 

Oh my gosh, I can feel your excitement (or maybe you just ate Taco Bell. Either way, I’m all about it)!

When you purchase products from Bates Family Farm LLC, you are purchasing from a company that does not use non-responsibly sourced palm oil! Ta da!!! I apologize if that felt anticlimactic, but it really is a big deal. Why does it matter? I’m glad you’re wondering, because I’m so gonna tell you!

“Palm oil, produced from the oil palm, is a basic source of income for many farmers in South East Asia, Central and West Africa, and Central America. 

Palm oil plantations are under increasing scrutiny for their effects on the environment, including loss of carbon-sequestering forest land. It is “leading to the demise of critically endangered species such as the Sumatran elephant, Sumatran tiger, the Sumatran rhinoceros, and the Sumatran orangutan, which has less than 7,500 left in the wild.”  

While positive changes have been made in many companies, it hasn’t been made at a rate that is reversing the damage already done. It isn’t that palm oil is the enemy, it’s in many foods and personal care products all over the world! The problem is that when it doesn’t come from a place that has responsibly sourced it, it can, and does, destroy the environment.

Why tell you this? Well, we just wanted you to know that we care … about you, and our planet. Every little thing can make a BIG difference when we do it together, and we wanted to thank you for doing your part to keep our planet safe!

Britt Pavelchak