Com­pa­nies cut­ting palm oil

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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.

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