As Iceland becomes the first UK supermarket to pledge to remove palm oil from its own-brand products, you’d be forgiven for scratching your head and wondering what on earth it is. While it might be a sworn enemy for environmentalists, others will be surprised to know that this ingredient - found in a range of household products, food items and toiletries - is causing widespread deforestation and destruction of animal habitats. The edible vegetable oil is derived from fruit grown on the African oil palm tree. Once only found on the continent, the tree is now also grown in Asia, North America and South America to meet rising worldwide demand for palm oil - which is expected to double further by 2050, according to the Rainforest Foundation. Here’s what you need to know about the oil, its impact on the environment and which companies are cutting back. Why is it bad for the environment? To get palm oil, you need to chop down trees. But this isn’t just a small-scale … [Read more...] about What Is Palm Oil And Why Is It Bad For The Environment?
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It is fantastic to see that Iceland has announced that palm oil will be banned from all their own brand products by the end of the year. Having witnessed first-hand the devastating impact the palm oil industry has on wildlife and the environment, this is an extremely positive and welcome step. The supermarket’s pledge only applies to own-brand products, meaning other goods sold may still contain palm oil. But as palm oil can be found in over half of Iceland’s products (including biscuits and soap) it’s certainly a commendable effort and one which I hope other retailers will follow. Iceland is the first major UK chain stepping up and investigating sustainable alternatives to palm oil but there needs to be a growing number of supermarkets and retailers making similar moves if we are to see a seismic shift towards reducing its use. Fuelling factory farming Over the last twenty years, deforestation has been driven chiefly by the expansion of palm oil plantations. The … [Read more...] about Other Supermarkets Must Follow Iceland And Palm Off Palm Oil
Iceland has taken a huge step in environmental terms, promising to stop using palm oil as an ingredient in its own-brand food by the end of 2018.Warning that the oil – derived from the fruits of African oil palms – drives the destruction of rainforests, they are first UK supermarket to decide to phase it out of their products.They plan to remove it from 130 of their own-brand food lines – substituting it with butter, lard and sunflower oil, among other items – which is set to reduce demand by more than 500 tonnes a year.BREAKING NEWS: We're the UK's first supermarket to commit to removing #palmoil from our own label products by the end of this year! Watch here to find out why...#PalmOilAlarmCall pic.twitter.com/hfGvH2QRDW— Iceland Foods ❄️ (@IcelandFoods) April 10, 2018 What is palm oil?It’s a vegetable oil (like sunflower or rapeseed) that comes from palm trees which originally appeared naturally in tropical rainforests, but now the … [Read more...] about As Iceland pledges to ditch palm oil, here are 7 surprising items which contain it
Frozen food chain Iceland has announced it is banning the use of palm oil in its own brand products by the end of this year, after warning that it drives the destruction of rainforests. The firm has already removed palm oil from 50 per cent of its ranges , with the rest being changed by the end of 2018. It will be removing the oil from 130 food lines - reducing demand by more than 500 tonnes per year, with palm oil replaced with alternatives such as sunflower oil and butter. Iceland managing director Richard Walker said the company does not believe there was sustainable palm oil on the mass market and so is removing it all together. He told the BBC : “Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest destruction, we are simply saying ‘no to palm oil’. “Certified sustainable palm oil does not currently limit deforestation and it does not currently limit the growth of palm oil plantations. So until such a time as there is genuinely sustainable … [Read more...] about What is palm oil and why Iceland is axing it from its own-brand range
Nutella, the beloved chocolate hazelnut spread, is as popular as ever – as proved by the riots over discounted jars which took place across France last week. But a diagram shared online showing the ingredients of Nutella may make you think twice about the treat – especially if you have concerns about controversial palm oil, sometimes listed as vegetable oil in the ingredients. Aside from the astonishing amount of sugar it takes to create each jar, the next most prevalent ingredient is palm oil, ahead of hazelnuts, cocoa and skimmed milk powder. Additional ingredients listed on the Nutella website are lechithin and vanilla flavouring. Although palm oil is rich in antioxidants, it contains high amounts of saturated fats, which can cause heart disease. Aside from that, products containing palm oil are boycotted by some people for ethical reasons. Back in 2015, former French environment minister Ségolène Royal urged the public to stop eating Nutella because of its … [Read more...] about Why is palm oil bad? Revealing image shows how much of the unethical ingredient is in Nutella