When I contact companies to check on the sustainability of their palm oil ingredients, I’ll share their responses with you here.
Alpro – Yoghurt
Twitter response to query about Ascorbyl Palmitate in Alpro yoghurts
A small part is derived from palm oil. It is supplied according to RSPO’s green palm principles http://www.rspo.org/
Alpro – Dessert pots & custard
Hi Danielle, we’re happy to confirm all our desserts are palm oil-free!
Alpro – Go On Yogurts
Email response about fatty acid esters of ascorbic acid ingredient
We can confirm that the fatty acid esters used in our Alpro Go On are not sourced from palm oil.
BISTO Original Gravy Granules
Email from Premier Foods Consumer Relations
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our use of Palm Oil in Bisto Gravy Granules.
Our suppliers predominantly source Palm Oil from a range of plantations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Our organic palm oil comes from Colombia.
Premier Foods sources 100% sustainable palm oil. Since the beginning of 2010, 100% of the palm oil used by Premier Foods has been sourced through the Green palm programme.
Premier Foods is committed to sourcing 100% physically sustainable palm oil by 2015, playing our part in helping to prevent damaging deforestation in South East Asia.
Premier Foods is sourcing currently more than 45% of their palm necessities through Segregated or Mass Balance supply chain with the aim to be 100% physical sustainable by 2015, however we endeavour to bring forward this target if possible.
(Note this email was sent in 2016 so this statement must be quite old by now!)
Dairy Crest – Vitalite sunflower spread
Email from Vitalite Consumer Care
Dairy Crest takes the issue of Sustainable Palm Oil very seriously. We use a variety of vegetable oils in the manufacture of our dairy spread brands and, as part of this process we do use some palm oil derivatives. As a company we have been making huge strides in improving all of our supply chains and we are committed to protecting and minimising disturbances to the global environment.
To this end, we have made a number of commitments to sustainable palm oil sourcing and taken decisive action to ensure we meet these commitments. Firstly, we are working members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) . Secondly, we ensure all our suppliers are members of the RSPO and only work with companies who follow its principles. Thirdly, we have secured GreenPalm certificates of sustainable palm oil to cover the requirements of our entire business for 2013.
In purchasing our Green Palm certificates, we secured off-market deals for over 85% of our requirement and we are looking to increase this proportion going forward. This method allows us to carry out due diligence on the suppliers we are purchasing from, prior to purchase. This transparency allows us to buy certificates safe in the knowledge that Dairy Crest are operating to exemplary standards, as expected from the UK’s leading manufacturer of Dairy Spreads.
I hope these actions prove we are taking positive steps to tackle the unsustainable cultivation of palm oil. Doing the right thing really matters to Dairy Crest and we have made real progress in the past few years. We were delighted to have this recognised by Business in the Community (BITC) when we came second in their Responsible Business of the Year Awards last month but we do have further to go.
A sustainable business will not only improve the way we fulfil our responsibilities to society, but also support our vision of delivering better environmental solutions for the consumer as well as greater long-term shareholder value.
Email from Alicia Tobin – Customer Experience Manager:
Thank you for your interest in Daiya’s deliciously dairy free products!
At this time, our Slices, Blocks, Cream Cheeze Style Spreads, Cheezy Macs, Cutting Board Shreds, Greek Yogurt Alternatives and Dressings are palm oil free. Our vegetable glycerin contains small amounts of palm derivatives which are used in the following products: Original Shreds, Pizza and Cheezecake.
All of the palm oil we used was sourced from Colombia. Our supplier was certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
I hope this information was helpful. Please let me know if there is any additional service I can provide.
Thanks again for your support of Daiya Foods and hope you have a lovely day!
Dr Organic – Tea Tree Deodorant
Dr Organic does not use synthetic ingredients wherever possible, instead we use naturally derived materials from a variety of vegetable sources.
This include but are not limited to:
Dr Organic source materials from companies who actively support or engage in Fair Trade and sustainability programs wherever possible.
Dr Organic utilises the finest natural and organic raw materials wherever possible. We source accredited and certified organic ingredients from around the world including:
. Organic Aloe Vera certified under the Quality Certification Services US National Organic Program, this replaces the majority of water in products that are not oil based
. Organic essential oils certified by EcoCert Natural and Organic Cosmetics Standard and Soil Association Organic Health and Beauty Care Products Standard
. Organic Vegetable Fats and Oils certified by EcoCert Natural and Organic Cosmetics Standard and Soil Association Organic Health and Beauty Care Products Standard
Wherever an organic or natural ingredient cannot be sourced if possible a sustainable naturally derived alternative is used from a variety of sources such as palm, coconut and soy. If no naturally derived material is available for example to preserve the products then we use only those synthetic materials permitted by Organic standards and at very low levels within our products.
I have listed the Dr Organic Palm Free products below:
. Aloe Vera wet wipes
. Aloe Vera Lip balm
. Dead Sea Mineral Bath Oil
. Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salts
. Lavender Pure oil
. Manuka Honey Lip Balm
. Moroccan Argan oil Pure liquid gold oil
. Moroccan Argan oil Bath & Massage oil
. Moroccan Argan oil Hair Treatment serum
. Pomegranate Lip balm
. Rose Otto Bath Oil
. Rose Otto Facial oil
. Tea Tree Blemish Stick
. Tea Tree Lip Balm
. Tea Tree Nail solution
. Tea Tree Pure Oil
. Tea Tree wet wipes
. Virgin coconut oil Lip serum
. Virgin Coconut Oil Monoi moisture melt
. Vitamin E Bath oil
. Vitamin E Lip balm
. Vitamin E Pure oil
our products are vegan friendly, and don’t contain palm oil 🙂 we list our ingredients here: ecoegg.com/msds/
I am still waiting for confirmation on the source of the Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Glycerin and Laureth in the stain remover.
Fry’s Family Foods – Pies & pastries
Hi Danille (sic), our palm oil is sustainable sourced, and is fully audited annually by Fry’s, thanks
Green People – Organic Homme Itch Away Shampoo
Haribo – Sour rainbow strips & twists
Email response from Customer Care
We can confirm that the E471 Mono and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids within Sour Rainbow Strips and Twists is made from palm oil.
Our products and all ingredients used during the manufacturing process always meet with the robust and high quality standards that we have in place. We place great emphasis on the levels of care that are taken when it comes to the potential ecological and social impacts caused by the extractions of our raw materials.
In support of this and as part of our supplier management we are working closely with our suppliers, where the origin of the raw material is palm oil (e.g. E-471), on the switch to sustainable palm oil. This process is on-going and we are committed to supporting the use of sustainably produced raw materials and ingredients.
Heinz Farley’s Rusks and Bear Biscuits
Email from Consumer Care UK & ROI
The vitamin D is not suitable for vegans as it is derived from sheep’s wool.
While Heinz is only a minor user of palm oil, our policy is that we will only use palm oil that is produced in a sustainable manner. We require our suppliers to guarantee that the palm oil they supply is sustainably sourced.
Kerry Foods – Pure Dairy Free Spreads
Email from Pure Dairy Free Customer Services
I can confirm that we do use Palm Oil.
How Much Palm Oil Is In Pure?
- Olive 13.45%
- Soya 13.25%
- Sunflower 16.6%
I appreciate your concerns about palm oil. Kerry Foods is committed to using sustainable Palm Oil. As members of the ‘Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil’ (RSPO), we are fully aware of the ecological and social impacts of deforestation and share the concern about the long-term consequences of this. With our customers, who have similar plans, we encourage moving to sustainable oil as soon as possible. As a business, we only source our Palm Oil from RSPO members and are working closely with them to ensure that in the future, our Palm oil is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, with our ultimate goal being to achieve 100% fully sustainable Palm Oil sourcing throughout our supply chain by 2016.
KP Snacks – Phileas Fogg Louisiana BBQ Bubble Chips
I can confirm that the E471 present in Phileas Fogg Louisiana Sweet & Smokey BBQ Flavour American Style Bubble Chips is derived from sustainable palm oil.
LUSH – Skin and hair care products
Twitter response to queries about various potentially palm oil based ingredients, including SLS, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lauryl Betaine and Propylene Glycol…
Despite originally responding claiming to be palm oil free, further investigation finally resulted in…
Marks & Spencer – Iced & Spicy Buns
All of our Palm Oil is covered by Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil certification.
Merchant Gourmet – Sun-dried tomatoes
Email from Kerri Taylor – Food Technologist, Merchant Gourmet
Thank you for your enquiry on twitter, regarding the oil within our Merchant Gourmet Sundried Tomatoes.
The oil used in our jar of Merchant Gourmet Sundried Tomatoes is Sunflower Oil.
We have recently updated the packaging to state sunflower oil, not vegetable oil. Therefore, you should hopefully see this in stores soon.
Method Home – Hand wash & surface cleaner
Twitter response to questions about SLS and Glycerine origin
they are derived from coconut oil. more here: http://methodhome.com/blog/ask-saskia-4/
We ensure all ingredients sourced from palm oil are sustainably sourced through Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
When double checking, they clarified:
hey there – sls is derived from coconut, while glycerine is derived from corn. feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Email from customer services: We are committed to responsible sourcing and look to use supply chains systems which minimise the environmental impact associated with the production of key commodities.
Palm oil is an important ingredient in a range of everyday products. Rising global demand for palm oil has fuelled deforestation in parts of south east Asia, which is why we have set targets to ensure that the palm oil we use comes from sustainable sources.
All palm oil and palm derivatives used as an ingredient in our own brand products must be sourced through a Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certified supply chain system, or through the purchase of GreenPalm certificates. From 2016 we will no longer permit the use of GreenPalm certificates for the purchase of palm oil or palm derivatives.
To help customers make informed choices, we require own brand products containing palm oil to clearly state ‘palm oil’ in the list of ingredients instead of a more generic ‘vegetable oil’ description.
I’ve asked them for a more up-to-date statement as it seems to contradict itself saying palm is from GreenPalm certificate suppliers then saying no GreenPalm certificates from 2016 but it’s 2018!
Optima – Whitening toothpaste
Email from Margaret Boyd, Optima Consumer Health Ltd.
The Glycerin used in the Aloe Dent products is obtained from a mixture of vegetable origin crude glycerines which are derived from Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil and Castor Oil. Unfortunately, we do not have confirmation of sustainable sources from the manufacture of this raw material at this time.
PHB Ethical Beauty
Hi Danielle, YES! All NEW PHB Products are Palm oil free!
Some of the clearance products still have sustainable palm oil in which is no longer being sourced as an ingredient for PHB xx
Email from Paul Henly, Director of Technical Affairs
Sarakan toothpaste does not contain palm oil ingredients.
Superdrug – Own brand shampoo, conditioner & day cream
Email response to queries about the Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glyceryl Oleate, Propylene Glycol and glycerine ingredients in their coconut shampoo and conditioner, and Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Ethylhexyl palmitate in the b.active moisturiser and b.refined exfoliator
Superdrug uses a very small amount of Palm Oil in its own brand products however we are committed to working with our suppliers to switch where possible, and have recently changed many of the products in our Vitamin E range so that they contain certified sustainably sourced palm oil derivatives. We will continue to drive this programme forward as more materials become available.
This response suggests to me that only the Vitamin E range is sustainable and all other palm oil ingredients are likely conflict palm oil. They have not responded to confirm or deny this statement and despite asking three times I’ve had no clarification on which of these ingredients are actually from palm oil.
The Co-operative – own brand gingerbread shapes
All Palm Oil used in our own brand products is 100% sustainable, here’s more: http://blog.co-operative.coop/2015/01/23/your-questions-sustainable-palm-oil/
Unilever – Swedish Glace frozen dessert
Thank you for your recent comments to Swedish Glace about the use of palm oil in our products.
In response to your enquiry, I would like to give you the following information. Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is a staple foodstuff for billions of people around the world. Palm oil and its variants are key ingredients for thousands of consumer products. Unilever uses palm oil in margarine, soups, sauces, bouillon and ice cream as well as a range of home and personal care products. Population growth is increasing demand for palm oil.
As demand rises, there is a temptation for growers to expand into forested areas and to adopt poor agricultural practices.We are committed to driving fundamental change within the palm oil sector to ensure its long-term sustainability and continued prosperity and we are prepared to play a leadership role. Our vision is that in 2020, the whole industry will move to 100% sustainable palm oil.
Our commitment to sustainable palm oil is not new. In the mid-1990s, we started developing Good Agricultural Practice Guidelines for palm oil. And in 2004 we, together with WWF, became a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the objective of which is to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through global standards and stakeholder engagement.
By the end of 2012 we reached our target of 100% certified sustainable palm oil, three years ahead of schedule. The majority of our palm oil was sourced through purchasing GreenPalm certificates,* of which we remain the biggest global buyer to date. We have now set a new target: Unilever is committed that by latest end 2020, all of the palm oil Unilever buys globally will come from traceable and certified sources.
Mid November 2013, we announced that by the end of 2014, sourcing of all palm oil Unilever buys will be traceable to known sources. Unilever is working with industry leaders and NGOs to move towards a collaborative solution to halt deforestation, protect peat land, and to drive positive economic and social impact for people and local communities.
I hope this has reassured you about the use of palm oil in our products, and I will pass your comments on to our Product Development team. We welcome all consumer feedback as it helps us to improve our products and policies, so thank you for taking the time to describe your experience.
Should you require more information, please feel free to contact us by letter or email. Alternatively, you can contact our Consumer Engagement Centre on our free phone number 0800 7311507 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. One of our Advisors will be more than happy to assist you. We hope that you carry on enjoying BRAND and thank you for your continued interest.
* A producer is awarded one GreenPalm certificate for each tonne of palm oil registered with the scheme. Users of palm oil and its derivatives can then buy these certificates and, in doing so, support the production of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil.
Waitrose – Essential Dishwasher Tablets
Email response from Customer Service
Thank you again for getting in touch.
We’ve now spoken to our buyers, and can confirm that these products do not contain palm oil derivatives.
I hope this information has been helpful, but if you need anything else please do let us know.
Warburton’s – crumpets
Email from Warburton’s Customer Care Department
Thank you for your recent enquiry. We use small quantities of Palm oil in our products to help improve overall bread quality, particularly the softness.
Palm oil or hard fat is an essential ingredient in the bread making process we use. The alternatives are either animal fat or hydrogenated vegetable fat, neither of which, we think, are acceptable to our customers. We use a mixture of vegetable oils and the Palm oil is the smallest proportion of the oils used.
We are active members of the RSPO and require our suppliers to be members. We are also members of GreenPalm, the RSPO endorsed international palm oil certificate-trading programme. This is designed to make the trade in certified sustainable palm oil easier by allowing members to buy GreenPalm certificates directly from palm oil producers who meet RSPO standards. In this way, producers are rewarded for farming in responsible and sustainable ways.
Warburtons has a control process in place which enables us to buy certificates to match the whole of our palm oil usage and we have undertaken to report back to the RSPO annually and post progress on our website. We are committed to achieving 100% sustainable sourcing for the palm oil and palm oil stearin we use directly in baking.
The loaves which we bake which do not use Palm oil are our White Danish loaf, our Weightwatchers range and our Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free products. I hope that helps but if you require any further information, please let us know.
On asking for further information on specific ingredients…
I’ve spoken to the relevant persons to find this information and can confirm that none of the ingredients in the Crumpets are derived from Palm oil The E472e and vegetable glycerine are both derived from Rapeseed oil.
(Please note, Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free products are not vegan, containing egg.)
Wright’s Baking – Mixed grain bread mix
The E472e in our Mixed Grain product is NOT based on palm oil which we trust meets with your approval.
Asked: is Palm Oil in any of your bread mixes?
Not in any of the “Wright” label bread mixes – no.