Mandatory Palm Oil labelling on all products in Australia

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PLEASE HELP SAVE THE ORANGUTAN!  (Around 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation).

We, The People of Australia are seeking mandatory palm oil labelling on all products sold in Australia.


Around 300 soccer fields per hour of precious rain forest in Malaysia and Indonesia (habitat of the Orangutan) are destroyed each hour for Palm Oil plantations. It is estimated that 25 Orangutans die each day from Palm Oil deforestation.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUNC) has classified the Bornean orangutan as Endangered with approximately 55,000 left with 5,000 killed a year. The Sumatran orangutan is Critically Endangered with approximately 6,300 left and 1,000 being killed a year.

Each year, Australia imports approximately 130,000 tons of palm oil and it's found in a huge range of products. These include, (but are not limited to) biscuits, chips, crackers and batters, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and cosmetics.

If an Australian consumer makes the decision to avoid purchasing products that contain Palm Oil,  - under current legislation, (with Palm Oil not required to be labelled), this is an almost impossible task.

Here are some examples of how Palm Oil is currently 'hidden' from Australian consumers. 

Names for Palm Oil

Palm oil kernel
“Palmitate” or “Palmate”
Elaeis gunieensis
Hydrated Palm Gylcerides Hexadecanoic
Palmitic Acid

Likely to be Palm Oil
Vegetable oil (if product contains saturated fats, it's most likely palm oil)
Anything containing “stearate, stearyl” 
Anything containing the words “cetyl, cetearyl” 
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) 
Sodium Laureth Sulphate 
Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate 
(SDS or NaDS) Sodium 
Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate Steareth -2
Steareth -20 Emulsifier 422, 430-36, 465-67, 470-8, 481-483 

Palm Oil is also high in saturated fat so there is a case for it to be labelled for health reasons as well as environmental.

We are seeking transparency on our food labels so that we can make informed choices. We request mandatory labelling of Palm Oil on ALL products sold in Australia. 

Update to campaign - 

We have updated the timeline of this campaign, as we have partnered with larger environmental and political organisations to strengthen our petition and combine our resources to effect change. Together we are working to influence change in mandatory labelling policy to help save Orangutans and other species impacted by non-sustainable palm oil.