Palm Oil Free Products


 

  

 

Last updated: January 2017

 

 

Palm Oil Free and Sustainable Palm Oil Products

 

Palm oil is hidden in a wide range of products that we buy everyday, from chocolate to pet food. Demand for palm oil has undergone a phenomenal growth and is expected to more than double by 2030 and triple by 2050. 

 


More palm plantations means clearing rainforests and peatlands especially in South East Asia, spelling disaster for local communities, biodiversity and climate change. 

For example deforestation is pushing the orang-utan closer to the brink of extinction. 

 

Palm Oil Free List

We've put together a list of companies which receive our best rating for palm oil either for being a palm oil free company or for only using certified sustainable or organic palm oil. Plus, we list the products from the best-rated companies that are palm oil free.

(Those brands rated best for palm oil are not necessarily rated best for overall corporate responsibility.)

A company will receive our worst rating if it uses any uncertified palm oil or we found no information about its palm oil use.

That means that we will not list any palm-oil free products from a company with a worst rating for palm oil (i.e. it uses uncertified palm oil in some of its other products).

 

Supermarkets | Biscuits | Boxes of Chocolates | Chocolate spread | Nut butters | Pet food

 

You can help us to grow our palm oil free list by:

emailing our News Editor

posting on the Forum

with details of any products that are palm oil free.

 

 


 

Supermarkets

 

Best rating for palm oil:

  • Waitrose 
  • Co-op
  • M&S
  • Sainsbury's

 

The following have received a worst rating:

  • ASDA, Morrisons, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland, Booths, Ocado

 

See supermarkets guide for companies' overall rating.

 


 

Biscuits

 

Palm oil free biscuits:

Most likely those biscuits that are 'all butter' or the more expensive 'cookies'.

  • Island Bakery (all organic): all biscuits - buy now > 
  • Waitrose Duchy Organic:  all biscuits
  • Co-op: All Butter Shortbread Fingers, Jaffa Cakes, Truly Irresistible Cookies
  • Bahlsen: Choco Leibniz Dark, Milk, Chocolate Orange; Butter Biscuits; 
  • Walkers: Shortbread, All Butter Sultana Biscuits, Chocolate Chip; 
  • Waitrose: All Butter Cookies (except salted caramel), Milk Chocolate & Chocolate Chip Cookies, Scottish Shortbread, Belgian dark chocolate thins, Viennese swirls & fingers, Seriously shortbread, Seriously chocolate and ginger biscuits, Seriously triple chocolate, Continental milk chocolate butter biscuits, Continental dark chocolate butter biscuits
  • McVitie's: Rich Tea, Digestives Light; 
  • Sainsbury's: Shortbread (except Basics), Taste the Difference Cookies (Granola Slices, Chunky Belgian Chocolate Shortbread), Flapjack Cookies, Jaffa Cakes, Almond Cantuccini
  • M&S: Shortbread Rounds & Fingers, All Butter Dunkers, All Butter Cookies, All Butter Biscuits, All Butter Battenberg Squares, Viennese Swirls, Viennese Chocolate Dipped Fingers, Roly Poly Swirls, Mini Oat, Belgian Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Palm oil free company - Island Bakery
  • Use organic palm oil - Against the Grain, Biona, Doves Farm, Duchy Originals
  • Use FairPalm - Traidcraft
  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Nairn's, Bahlsen, Walkers, Hill Biscuits, M&S, Co-op, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Burton's Biscuits, Mrs Crimble's, Crawfords, McVities, Oreo, Cadbury's 

 

Worst company rating for palm oil:

  • ASDA, Morrisons, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Iceland

 

See our biscuits buyers' guide to see how the companies compare on their overall corporate responsibility. 

 


 

 

Pet food

 


Palm oil free

  • Ami, Beco, Benevo, Yarrah, Burns, Meowing Heads, Harringtons, Wagg, Barking Heads, V-Dog, Applaws, Encore, Lily's Kitchen

 

Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Mars brands (Whiskas, Sheba, Kitekat, James Wellbeloved, Royal Canin, Pal, Pedigree, Cesar, Chappie), Sainsbury's, Waitrose, the Co-op

 

Worst company rating for palm oil:

  • Butcher's, Hi-Life, Eukanuba, Iams, Tesco, Morrisons, ASDA, Aldi, Lidl

 

See our dog food guide and cat food guide to see how the companies compare on their overall corporate responsibility.

 


 

 

Nut butters

 

Palm oil free nut butters:

  • Essential (organic): all
  • Biona (organic): all
  • Suma (organic): all
  • Meridian: all, some organic
  • Whole Earth: 100% Peanuts organic

 

Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Palm oil free company - Meridian
  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Essential (organic), Biona (organic), Suma, Whole Earth, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Co-op, M&S

 


 

 

Chocolate spread

 

Palm oil free chocolate spreads:

Very hard to find.

  • Waitrose 1 Dark Chocolate Spread

 

Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Essential (Fairtrade & organic), Plamil (organic & vegan), Biona (organic), Traidcraft (FairPalm), Vivani (organic), Nutella, Cadbury, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Co-op, M&S

 


 

 

Boxes of chocolates and gift chocolates

 

Best Buy Palm oil-free boxes of chocolates:

 

Other Palm oil-free boxes of chocolates:

  • Vivani (organic): all gift chocolate (mini bars gift tins)
  • Co-op: 24 Assorted Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Coins, Truly Irresistible Milk Chocolate Truffles gift cube, Truly Irresistible Mint Selection, Loved By Us Belgian Chocolate Pralines,  Loved By Us Irish Cream Liqueurs
  • M&S: Sequin Star/Tree with Truffles, Sparkling Wine Truffles, Dulce de Leche Truffles, Marc de Champagne Truffles, Mixologist's Box, Chocolate filled Christmas Crackers, Gastronomic Collection, Sparkling Caramels, Marzipan Collection, Italian Gianduiotto
  • Waitrose: Dark Chocolate Mint Creams, Dark Chocolate Mint Thins, Chocolate Mint Collection, Chocolate Ginger, Waitrose 1 Marc de Champagne dark truffles, Waitrose 1 Milk Chocolate Truffles, Waitrose 1 Ultimate Champagne Truffles
  • Sainsbury's: After Dinner Mint Thins, Dark Chocolate Orange Thins, Taste the Difference Belgian Chocolate Cranberry and Pistachio Wreath, Belgian Chocolate Seashells, Taste the Difference Belgian Marzipan Assortment, Crunchy Mint Sticks, Crunchy Orange Sticks, Milk Chocolate Brazils, Milk Chocolate Honeycomb, Taste the Difference Swiss Hazelnut Praline Truffles, Taste the Difference Swiss Milk Choc Baubles, Taste the Difference Swiss Milk Choc Tree Decorations
  • Mondelez: Terry's Chocolate Orange Plain, Toblerone (all varieties)
  • Guylian: Seashells, Dark Chocolate Sea Horses, Pearles d'Ocean tin
  • Lindt: HELLO Milk chocolate heart tin



Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Booja Booja (organic, palm oil free company),
  • Divine (Fairtrade, palm oil free company),
  • Cocoa Loco (organic),
  • Montezuma (organic),
  • Vivani (organic),
  • Ferrero Rocher, Raffaello,
  • Mondelez brands (Green & Black's Organic Collection, Milk Tray, Roses, Heroes, Terry's Chocolate Orange, Terry's All Gold, Toblerone),
  • Mars brands (Celebrations),
  • Guylian,
  • Lindt: Lindor, Lindt
  • Waitrose,
  • Co-op,
  • M&S,
  • Sainsbury's


Worst company rating for palm oil:

  • Thorntons,
  • Elizabeth Shaw,
  • ASDA,
  • Morrisons,
  • Tesco,
  • Aldi,
  • Lidl,
  • Iceland

 

Read our ethical shopping guide to Boxes of chocolates for companies' overall rating for corporate responsbility.

 


 

How we rate companies for Palm Oil policy

 

 

Companies will receive one of the following ratings in our Palm Oil column on our scorecards:

 

  • Companies using no or minimal certified palm products, and with no or minimal positive commitments score a worst rating.
  • The minimum that needs to be achieved for a middle rating is a fully certified supply chain, or a partially certified supply chain with other positive commitments met, such as disclosure of suppliers.
  • Companies able to demonstrate a fully certified supply chain for all palm ingredients used by the whole company group, and who also declare suppliers and volumes will receive a best rating.
  • Companies that are palm oil free - using neither palm oil (CPO), palm kernel oil (PKO) nor palm derivatives - will also receive a best rating.

 

 


 

Consumer Power 

 

As consumers we need to use our power at the check out to continue to drive change in the palm oil industry. Pushing companies to buy certified sustainable palm oil or to use alternaves to palm oil is one clear way of doing this.

There is a growing recognition that even if all the big western manufacturers stopped using palm oil, the problems of unsustainable production would not go away.

India and China each consume more palm oil than the EU, and production is projected to increase 50% by 2020. At the same time, Indonesia has just increased subsidies to boost palm oil production for biofuel.

If countries with more developed consumer campaigns turn away from palm oil altogether, the most damaging forms of production may prevail.

This is why choosing companies that use palm oil alternatives or those that buy 100% sustainable palm oil makes sense now. 

 

 

Buy or Boycott?

 

Consumers increasingly want to avoid the ingredient where possible, but it's a tricky task as it's used in so many products - more than 50% of supermarket products from margarine and oven chips to soaps and detergents. 

We are urging readers to boycott products from companies that aren't using 100% responsibly sourced palm oil now. Promising to source responsibly in the future is no longer good enough. You may also choose to avoid products containing any palm oil, whether it be sustainably sourced or not.

 

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External Links


Under Fire  - Indonesia’s fire crisis is a test of corporate commitment to forest protection

Greenpeace, November 2015.  

Licence to Kill - How deforestation for palm oil is driving Sumatran tigers toward extinction, Greenpeace, October 2013

Rainforest Foundation UK

Rainforest Action Network, USA

Palm Oil Scorecard 2015: Fries, Face Wash, Forests - US Union of Concerned Scientists

Palm Oil Action, Australia

 

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