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: https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/topics/palm-oil/questions-and-answers#start
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: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/innocent-animals-suffering-at-the-hands-of-the-palm-oil-industry/http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/innocent-animals-suffering-at-the-hands-of-the-palm-oil-industry/
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:
"...no 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: http://www.rspo.org/certification/how-rspo-certification-works
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: http://www.rspo.org/members/all
All of the ingredient terms below can be attributed to palm oil:
Acetic and fatty acid esters of glycerol
Aluminium, calcium, sodium, magnesium salts of fatty acids
Ammonium laureth sulphate
Ammonium lauryl sulphate
Ascorbyl palmitate (304)
Calcium oleyl lactylate
Calcium stearoyl lactylate
Caprylic / Capric Glycerides
Carotene (Sometimes made from palm)
Castile soap (often from palm)
Citric and fatty acid esters of glycerol
Cocoa butter equivalent (CBE)
Cocoa butter substitute (CBS)
Diacetyltartaric and fatty acid esters of glycerol
Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate
Disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate
Distilled Monoglyceride Palm
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
Epoxidized palm oil (uv cured coatings)
Esters of Myristic Acid
Ethyl lauroyl arginate (243)
Ethylene glycol monostearate
Fatty alcohol alkoxylate
Fatty alcohol sulphates
Glycerin or glycerol (442)
Glyceryl stearate SE
Hydrogenated palm glycerides
Isopropyl titanium triisostearate
Lactic and fatty acid easters of glycerol
Lauryl dimonium hydrolysed collagen
Lauryl glucoside (from palm)
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 Cetrimonium Chloride Acid
Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate
Palm fruit oil
Palm kernel cake
Palm kernel oil
Palm olein oil
Palmitoyl myristyl serinate
Palm Methyl Ester
Pentaerythritol tetra caprai caprylate
Polyethylene (40) stearate (431)
Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids
Polyglycerol esters of interesterified ricinoleic acid
Polyglycerol-2 oleyl ether
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
Propylene Glycol Alginate
Propylene glycol esters of fatty acids
Propylene glycol laurate
Propylene Glycol Myristate
Propylene glycol stearate
Saponified elaeis guineensis
Sodium cetearyl sulphate
Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye
Sodium lactylate; sodium oleyl lactylate; sodium stearoyl lactylate
Sodium laureth sulfate
Sodium laureth sulphate
Sodium laureth-13 carboxylate
Sodium lauroyl lactylate
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 palm kernelate
Sodium stearoyl lactylate
Sorbitan monostearate (491)
Sorbitan tristearate (492)
Stearic acid or fatty acid (570)
Sucroseesters of fatty acids
Sulphonated Methyl Esters
Vitamin A palmitate
Yeast with 491
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