WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL?

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees. It’s cheap and efficient making it the world’s most widely used vegetable oil – and global consumption is rising.

Palm oil is used in the production of foods such as cake, chocolate, biscuits, margarine and frying fats. It is also found in cosmetics, soap, shampoo, cleaning products and can be used as a biofuel. Up to 50% of products in an average UK supermarket now contain palm oil!

The growing palm oil industry and unsustainable production of palm oil is one of the biggest threats facing the forests and wildlife of places like Borneo and Sumatra – and demand is continuing to increase.  We can make a big difference in protecting wildlife by tackling the issue of unsustainable palm oil production.

Forest habitats are being lost, animals are losing their homes and carbon is being released into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.  We’re working with partners all over the world to promote sustainable palm oil production but we can ALL do something to make a difference.

Read our position on palm oil

Look through the below images to discover what’s good about palm oil, what’s bad about it and the challenge we face…

SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL CITY

Chester is the WORLD’S FIRST Sustainable Palm Oil City and is leading the way, one business at a time we’ll create even more sustainable palm oil cities!  If you’re interested in becoming a Sustainable Palm Oil Champion, or are looking for a place to eat in Chester which sources sustainable palm oil, then we’ve made it easy for you!

FIND OUT HOW WE DID IT

JOIN US AND DO THE PALM OIL CONGA!

Through being part of the Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge you can find out all about palm oil and how it’s affecting wildlife, and more importantly how you can ACT FOR WILDLIFE!

First steps towards learning more and helping us with this challenge is to sing a long to the Palm Oil Conga

 

OUR SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL CHALLENGE

Act now and take the Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge and protect some of the amazing species at risk from deforestation in South East Asia.

There have been huge increases in the demand for certified sustainable palm oil but we can all do more to create demand by increasing awareness of the issue.  The Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge is a way of celebrating the companies who are already committed to 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil, supporting those that want to be sustainable and making it easier for you to pick sustainable palm oil products at home.

Every food product sold to the public in the UK that contains palm oil must have ‘palm oil’ listed on the packaging, however not all products state whether their palm oil is certified sustainable. That’s why we created a shopping list that contains products and brands that you can buy that have sustainable palm oil in them, which you can download and use when doing your shopping.

Check your labels – if you know of a product that contains sustainable palm oil and it isn’t on our sustainable palm oil shopping list then you can add it by getting in touch with us either by email or on social media.

If you are interested in making your business sustainable then we can help!  We’ve got practical tips to help you make sustainable choices.  Download our sustainable palm oil toolkit; or if you already use only Certified Sustainable Palm Oil in your business then we want to hear from you too.  You can also join is in making your city a Sustainable Palm Oil City. Take a look at how you can get involved in the project above.

LATEST SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL NEWS

Keep up to date with the latest news from the field, how we’re working to make Sustainable Palm Oil the norm and what our amazing partners are doing to help!

READ MORE HERE

SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL RESOURCES

We’ve got a range of resources to help you with your sustainable palm oil challenge. Download our detailed shopping list to see what brands offer 100% RSPO certified sustainable palm oil products or take a look at our Sustainable Palm Oil Recipe Pack which is full of scrumptious recipes!

EXPLORE OUR RESOURCES

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Chester Zoo experts are working together with partners in South East Asia, right now, to protect the incredible biodiversity that is being threatened by habitat fragmentation and deforestation for agriculture – mainly oil palm production.

DISCOVER MORE