Make simple swaps
Palm oil is the world’s most widely used vegetable oil. It’s used in 50% of all packaged supermarket products and is found in everything from toothpaste and shampoo to ice cream and cereal.
However, unsustainable palm oil production is devastating wildlife and wild places in many tropical countries, particularly in South East Asia. Increased demand for palm oil has led to a huge increase in commercial plantations. Vast areas of tropical rainforest have been cleared in order to create these plantations, destroying the habitats of many rare species such as orangutans and tigers.
A sustainable solution
We believe that promoting sustainably grown palm oil is the best way to make a difference.
Palm oil itself isn’t the problem. It’s a very versatile, high-yielding crop that provides a livelihood for millions of people in tropical countries. It requires much less space to grow than any other oil crop and helps to give products longer shelf lives (resulting in less waste), among other benefits. The problem with palm oil is how it’s grown.
Why not ban palm oil altogether?
Palm oil is present in so many products that it would be incredibly difficult to remove it from our weekly shops altogether. Plus, no other product can compare to palm oil in terms of versatility and yield. We’d have to use up to 10 times more space to grow other oils like soybean, sunflower or rapeseed. By boycotting palm oil altogether, we’d just be changing the problem, not resolving it.
Sustainable production means that we can continue to use palm oil, support developing economies, and minimise any further loss of wildlife and wild places.
What are we doing?
In our zoos
From ice cream to doughnuts, we only sell food that is made using sustainable palm oil at our zoos. By engaging with our visitors, we also aim to help people make sense of this complex and often emotional issue, to ensure they can make informed choices that help achieve change.
In the community
At Newquay Zoo, we are leading a campaign to turn Newquay into a Sustainable Palm Oil Community and the first Sustainable Palm Oil Town.
We are working in collaboration with local organisations and businesses to increase both the usage and demand for sustainably produced palm oil. This means adopting sustainable palm oil policies, as well as buying, serving, selling and promoting sustainable palm oil products that help to protect our planet’s rainforests and the species that call them home.