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Force UK Supermarkets to Provide More Choice With Palm Oil Free Products

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Palm Oil is a huge contributor to climate change and plays a major role in the extinction of endangered species. At the moment as consumers, we aren't being given the choice to choose alternative products because major Supermarkets in the UK aren't stocking any alternatives. Sign this petition to force supermarkets in the UK to take more responsibility for the products they stock on their shelves and to always have a sustainable option available. 

Palm Oil is now used as an ingredient in almost everything (scroll down for a full list of ingredient names that derive from the palm plant at the bottom of this page). Why not do a test the next time you do your weekly shop. These are some products that contain palm oil that might surpise you: 

  • Packaged bread
  • Store bought pizza bases
  • Instant soup, as well as most soup stock
  • Chocolate (Cadbury, Galaxy, Mars, Quality Street etc.)
  • Sweets (Haribo...)
  • Cereal (Kellogs)
  • Granola Bars
  • Packaged Cookies
  • Store Bought Puff Pastry/Shortcrust 
  • Soap/ Shampoo
  • I've even seen it in Lemonade

Why do companies use it? It's cheap.
Why is it so bad?

1. Companies buy palm oil from plantations in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia where corrupt governments are bribed into allowing the deforestation to make room for Palm Oil Plantations. 

2. The deforestation is carried out through purposeful forest fires. Tropical deforestation is currently responsible for about 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, making it a significant contributor to climate change. 

'About 90 % (2011) of the world's palm oil is currently being produced in Malaysia and Indonesia. Indonesia's oil palm plantations alone already cover nine million hectares, an area the size of the state of Maine (about 39% of the UK's land mass). 26 million hectares  are projected for 2025' - More info here:

3. By default, this destroys the habitat of a number of rare and endangered species like the Asian elephant, Orangutan, Sumatran rhinoceros and tiger. It is thought that a number of these animals will be extinct within the next 10 years without significant change. 

For all of you Vegans and Vegetarians: I would consider not eating palm oil products due to the companies lack of respect for wildlife, for their own financial profit.   

More info here:

As consumers we are led to believe that we have free choice over our purchases. That the market will change if our choices change. In these circumstances we are not being given a choice. How will corporations understand our preferences as consumers if we never have the chance to choose? This petition is calling for all Supermarkets to have a sustainable or palm oil free option for each and every one of their products. Let us make our own choices. 

This is a petition to all major UK Supermarkets including Morrisons, Tesco, Lidl, Sainsburys, Aldi, Waitrose, Marks & Spenser and Asda. 

What can you do?

1. Sign this petition

2. Share with everyone you know

3. Educate those around you - Family/Friends/Colleagues

4. Try to avoid foods with palm oil until the these companies start to understand that we aren't interested in their immoral products. 

5. Write to your MP and let them know your concerns

Sustainable Palm Oil - Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is an organisation that certifies companies by its standards of producing 'Sustainable Palm Oil' Some of their standards include:

" primary forests or areas which contain significant concentrations of biodiversity (e.g. endangered species) or fragile ecosystems, or areas which are fundamental to meeting basic or traditional cultural needs of local communities (high conservation value areas), can be cleared.

Other RSPO principles stipulate a significantly reduced use of pesticides and fires; fair treatment of workers according to local and international labour rights standards, and the need to inform and consult with local communities before the development of new plantations on their land."

Find out more:

Companies that have been certified by the RSPO include: COSTCO, Domino's Pizza, Boots, UK Limited, Mackies, M&S plc, Mortons Rolls, Quorn.  You can find a full list of members here: 

All of the ingredient terms below can be attributed to palm oil
Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol
Alkyl Polyglucoside
Aluminum Myristates/Palmitates
Aluminium stearate
Aluminium, calcium, sodium, magnesium salts of fatty acids
Ammonium laureth sulphate
Ammonium lauryl sulphate
Arachamide mea
Ascorbyl palmitate (304)
Ascorbyl stearate
Azelaic acid
​Beta Carotene
Butyl Myristate
Butyl stearate
Calcium lactylate
Calcium Myristate
Calcium oleyl lactylate
Calcium stearate
Calcium stearoyl lactylate
Capric triglyceride
Caprylic acid
Caprylic / Capric Glycerides
Caprylic triglyceride
Caprylic/capric triglyceride
Caprylic/capric/stearic triglyceride
Capryloyl glycine
Caprylyl glycol
Carotene (Sometimes made from palm)
Castile soap (often from palm)
Ceteareth (2-100)
Cetearyl alcohol
Cetearyl ethylhexanote
Cetearyl glucoside
Cetearyl isononanoate
Cetostearyl Alcohol
Cetyl acetate
Cetyl alcohol
Cetyl ethylhexanoate
Cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose
Cetyl lactate
Cetyl Myristate
Cetyl octanoate
Cetyl palmitate
Cetyl ricinoleate
Citric and fatty acid esters of glycerol
Cocoa butter equivalent (CBE)
Cocoa butter substitute (CBS)
Cocamide DEA
Cocamidopropyl betaine
Cocoyl Sarcosine
Conditioning emulsifier
Decyl Glucoside
Decyl Myristate
Decyl oleate
Diacetyltartaric and fatty acid esters of glycerol
Dilinoleic acid
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate
Distilled Monoglyceride Palm
Elaeis guineensis
Emulsifiers: E304, E422, E430, E431, E432, E433, E434, E435, E436, E470, E470a, E470b, E471, E472, E472a, E472b, E472c, E472e, E472f, E473, E474, E475, E476, E477, E478, E479, E480, E481, E482, E483, E493, E494, E495
Emulsifying wax
Epoxidized palm oil (uv cured coatings)
Esters of Myristic Acid
Ethyl lauroyl arginate (243)
Ethyl myristate
Ethyl palmitate
Ethylene glycol monostearate
Ethylhexyl hydroxystearate
Ethylhexyl Myristate
Ethylhexyl Palminate
Ethylhexyl palmitate
Ethylhexyl stearate
Fatty acids
Fatty alcohol alkoxylate
Fatty alcohol sulphates
Glycerin or glycerol (442)
Glyceryl cocoate
Glyceryl Dimyristate
Glyceryl distearate
Glyceryl laurate
Glyceryl monostearate
Glyceryl myristate
Glyceryl oleate
Glyceryl polymethacrylate
Glyceryl Rosinate
Glyceryl stearate
Glyceryl stearate SE
Glycol distearate
Glycol stearate
Guineesis (palm)
Hexyl laurate
Humectant 422
Humectant glycerol
Hydrogenated palm glycerides
Isobutyl Myristate
Isocetyl alcohol
Isocetyl Myristate
Isocetyl stearate
Isodecyl Myristate
Isodecyl oleate​
Isopropyl isostearate
Isopropyl Myristate
Isopropyl palmitate
Isopropyl titanium triisostearate
Isostearamide DEA
Isostearate DEA
Isostearic acid
Isostearyl alcohol
Isostearyl isostearate​
Isostearyl Myristate
Isostearyl neopentanoate
Isotridecyl Myristate
Lactic and fatty acid easters of glycerol
Lauramide DEA
Lauramide MEA
Lauramine oxide
Lauric acid
Lauroyl sarcosine
Lauryl betaine
Lauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen​
Lauryl lactate
Lauryl glucoside (from palm)
Lauryl Myristate
Lauryl pyrrolidone
Lauryl Sarcosine
Linoleic acid
Magnesium myristate
Magnesium stearate
Methyl Myristate
Mixed tartaric, acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol
Mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids
Mono glycerides of fatty acids
Myreth 3 Myrisrate​
Myristic acid
Myristic Cetrimonium Chloride Acid
Myristyl myristate
Myristoyl Sarcosine
Myristoyl Sarcosinate
Myristyl alcohol
Myristyl myristate
Octyl palmitate
Octyl stearate
Octyldodecyl myristate
Octydodecyl stearate
Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate
Oleamide MIPA
Oleic acid
Oleyl betaine
Oleyl Myristate
Oleoyl Sarcosine
​Olivem 1000
Oliv-wax LQC
Palm fruit oil
Palmitoleic acid​
Palm kernel cake
Palm kernel oil
Palm oil
Palm olein oil
Palm stearine
Palmitamidopropyltrimonium chloride
​Palmitic acid
Palmitoyl acid
Palmitoyl alcohol
Palmitoyl myristyl serinate
Palmitoyl oxostearamide
Palmitoyl oligopeptide
Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3
Palmitoleic acid
Palm Methyl Ester
PBS Base
Pentaerythritol tetra caprai caprylate
Pentaerythrityl tetracaprylate/tetracaprate
Pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate
Peptide complex
PG dicaprylate/caprate
Planta cleanse
Polyethylene (40) stearate (431)
Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids
Polyglycerol esters of interesterified ricinoleic acid
Polyglycerol-2 oleyl ether
Polyglyceryl-3 dilisostearate
Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate
Polyglyceryl-4 laurate
Polyglyceryl-4 oleyl ether
Polysorbate 60 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monostearate
Polysorbate 65 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan tristearate
Polysorbate 80 or polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monoolate
Potassium Myristate
Potassium stearate
​Propanediol dicaprylate
Propylene Glycol Alginate​
Propylene glycol esters of fatty acids
Propylene glycol laurate
Propylene Glycol Myristate
Propylene glycol stearate
Retinyl palmitate
Saponified elaeis guineensis
Sodium cetearyl sulphate
Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye
Sodium lactylate; sodium oleyl lactylate; sodium stearoyl lactylate
Sodium laurate
Sodium laurel
Sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium laureth sulphate
Sodium laureth-13 carboxylate
Sodium lauroyl lactylate
Sodium lauryl
Sodium lauryl ether sulphate
Sodium lauryl glucose carboxylate
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate
Sodium lauryl sulphate
Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate
Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
Sodium Myristate
Sodium palm kernelate
Sodium palmate
Sodium palmitate
Sodium stearate
Sodium stearoyl lactylate
Solubiliser PS20
​Sorbitan ester
Sorbitan isotearate
Sorbitan laurate
Sorbitan monostearate (491)
Sorbitan oleate
Sorbitan palmitate
Sorbitan sesquioleate
Sorbitan trioleate
Sorbitan tristearate
Sorbitan tristearate (492)
Stearalkonium chloride
Stearalkonium hectorite
Stearamide MEA
Stearamidopropyl dimethylamine
Stearic acid
Stearic acid or fatty acid (570)
Stearoyl sarcosine
Stearyl alcohol
Stearyl dimethicone
Stearyl heptanoate
Stearoyl Sarcosine
Sucrose stearate
Sucroseesters of fatty acids
Sulphonated Methyl Esters​
Surfactant CCG
TEA-lauryl sulphate
Tetradecyloctadecyl Myristate
Tocopheryl linoleate
Triacetin (1518)
Tridecyl Myristate
Vegetable emulsifier
Vegetable glycerin
Vegetable Oil
Vitamin A palmitate
Yeast with 491
Zinc Myristate
Zinc stearate

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