Saying goodbye to palm oil

20.02.2013. Read an update on our palm oil status.

We have been researching into palm oil, a large proportion of which is grown on ex-rainforest land. You can read more about the ethical issues relating to palm oil here:

Although there is a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, quite a bit of controversy surrounds it…

We have decided not to rely on RSPO assurances and to cut out palm oil, except palm oil products from companies that can assure us they use traceable palm oil which is not grown on ex-rainforest land. We feel it is important to support efforts to produce ethically sourced palm oil.

A lot of our dishes are already palm oil free and we are busy working on palm oil-free recipes for the rest. We aim to remove palm oil (barring ethically sourced palm oil as stated above) by August 2012.

We want to share our palm oil free recipes and will post them as and when they are ready.

Your feedback on this is welcome, please post any comments below.

There is more about palm oil in the resources below:

  • The Vegan Magazine, Spring 2012
    Contains article and letter about palm oil
  • Green the film
    An emotional journey with orang-utan Green, during her last days. She is victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. It is a visual ride presenting the treasures of rainforest biodiversity and the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing from palm oil plantations.
    Palm oil free recipes

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2 Responses to Saying goodbye to palm oil

  1. Ian McDonald says:

    It’s definitely a live issue for vegans. Co-host Catherine Laurence and I just finished an episode of The Vegan Option about Palm Oil, and we spoke to quite a few people who are very happy to hear about palm oil free vegan products.

    If it’s of interest to your customers, we tried to disentangle the issues by talking to a range of people, including the boss of the RSPO, a vegan Indonesian punk rocking palm oil activist, a vegan baker, and quite a few experts.

    If folk would like to listen whilst commuting or doing housework, it’s 30 minutes long and available to play and download at, iTunes, and Stitcher.

  2. Good decision. Traceable, segregated Certified Sustainable Palm Oil is the most ethical choice, and more companies need to insist only on this, in order to encourage more sustainable production of the crop.

    Orangutan Land Trust applauds your decision.

    Please have a look at our website:

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