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Environment

Rang-tan's Story

We are proud to support this extremely important campaign from Greenpeace.

Having been to Indonesia and seen the devastation caused by palm oil production first hand, I am passionate about raising awareness of the continued deforestation of our tropical rainforests.

Iceland pledged to remove palm oil as an ingredient from all of our own label food by the end of 2018, until such time as the industry can prove zero deforestation.

We are now asking everyone to watch the video and consider signing the Greenpeace petition to encourage the palm oil industry to clean up its act. We do know what to do.

Richard Walker, Managing Director Iceland Foods Group

The Aim of the Campaign

We are supporting Greenpeace both to help protect the future of our planet and to raise awareness of the destruction palm oil production can cause to our rainforests.

Not enough is being said about illegal deforestation linked to palm oil production, and Greenpeace has created a video that highlights why it's important that we act and why we need to act now. It's only 90 seconds long, but 90 seconds you won't forget.

Please consider signing the Greenpeace petition: act.gp/IcelandRang

Palm Oil

By the end of 2018, 100% of our own brand food will contain no palm oil. We are the first UK supermarket to commit to removing palm oil from all own brand food.

What is Palm Oil?

A type of edible vegetable oil that's extracted from the fruit of oil palm trees. Palm oil is currently found in more than half of all supermarket products, from bread to biscuits and breakfast cereal to soap.

Why We're Saying No to Palm Oil

Palm Oil is one of the world's biggest causes of deforestation and poses a significant threat to a number of species already facing extinction.

In Indonesia and Malaysia, where palm oil and wood pulp plantations are the biggest drivers of deforestation, many species are being threatened with extinction, including the orangutan. The orangutan population has more than halved in the last 15 years and is now critically endangered with only 70,000 to 100,000 individuals remaining.

"Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest destruction, we are simply saying 'no to palm oil'. We don't believe there is such a thing as 'sustainable' palm oil available to retailers, so we are giving consumers a choice about what they buy."

Richard Walker, Iceland Managing Director

No Palm Oil

What's Being Done?

Our Head Chef Neil Nugent, has been working in the Iceland development kitchen to remove and replace palm oil in our own brand food lines with oils and fats that do not destroy the rainforest. We are also working closely with our trusted suppliers to ensure that changes to our recipes do not impact the cost (or taste) of our own brand products. These efforts reduce the demand for palm oil by more than 500 tonnes per year.

Look out for the no palm oil sticker...

Yes, we are going to make it absolutely clear by using a 'no palm oil' sticker on our packaging.

Plastic

We have pledged to completely remove plastic packaging from our own label range by 2023 and are proud to be the first major retailer to do so.

What's the Problem with Plastic?

By 2050, 'there will be more single use plastic waste than fish in our oceans' says the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum. Over 12 million tonnes of plastic enters the world's oceans every year, causing serious harm to sea animals who often mistake broken fragments of plastic for food or become entangled in plastic nets, lines and bags.

Plastic pollution can no longer be ignored by retailers and that's why we're taking important steps to promote a plastic-free future.

#TooCoolForPlastic

What We're Doing About It

We have already started to remove plastic packaging from our own label products through the launch of two meal ranges, Hungry Heroes meals for kids and Mumbai Street Co Indian food, which are sold in paper-based trays as opposed to black plastic.

These ranges are currently 85% plastic-free, but we're working on finding an alternative to our non-recyclable lids, ensuring that all our own brand packaging will be 100% plastic-free by 2023.

Next Steps

This is just the start for us, follow our journey on social media #toocoolforplastic

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