Companies cutting palm oil
This year Hansells New Zealand released what it claimed to be New Zealand’s first palm oil-free spread. It replaced the palm oilbased margarine used in its Aunt Betty’s range of steam puddings with rice bran oil, resulting in an 80 tonne per year reduction in palm oil consumption. Auckland Zoo has set a goal to become 100% palm oil-free which, says Auckland Zoo conservation field programmes coordinator Peter Fraser, has “highlighted to us how difficult that is because there are things we just can’t find alternatives for yet.” The Service Company, who supplies cleaning products for organisations including Auckland Zoo, recently changed its formulations and now has over 20 palm oil-free cleaning products. KFC Australia and New Zealand has switched to a canola-sunflower oil, and the trans-Tasman Progressive supermarket chain now labels palm oil on all its private label food and non-food products, including Homebrand and Select. The cosmetics industry accounts for 7% of global palm oil use, but in 2007, handmade cosmetics company Lush cut its palm oil use by 250,000kg a year.