This #Easter I am boycotting @Nestle @CadburyUK @MDLZ @Mars @Hersheys chocolate as #palmoil #cocoa in these products causes #deforestation and more. I demand big brands go #palmoil free and I #Boycottpalmoil #Boycott4WildlifeTweet
Easter is almost upon us and that means chocolate eggs and indulgence.
Used as an emulsifier in chocolate, palm oil is what gives cheap chocolate a disgusting soapy, chalky flavour.
Aside from this it is linked to death, ecocide, deforestation and destruction.
“Sustainable” palm oil is a complete lie as RSPO members using it are still causing deforestation and human rights abuses for the “sustainable” ingredient.
There are 10 tactics of palm oil greenwashing that go along with it to fool consumers.
Claiming a brand or commodity is green based on unreliable, ineffective endorsements or eco-labels such as the RSPO, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or FairTradeContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #4: Fake Labels”
Using corporate partnerships, sponsorships and research funding to give a commodity, an industry, certification scheme or supermarket brand a ‘greener’ reputation Jump to sectionContinue reading “Greenwashing Tactic #9: Partnerships, Sponsorships & Research Funding”
What does palm oil in chocolate do to the environment, rare animals and indigenous peoples?
The Issue For decades, investigative journalists have been exposing that illegal land grabbing from Indigenous peoples as a regular occurrence in West Papua, SouthContinue reading “The Pro-Palm Oil Lobby Getting Caught Lying: Illegal Land Grabbing”
Promise, Divide, Intimidate and Coerce: 12 tactics used by palm oil companies intent on land-grabbing
The booklet “Promise, Divide, Intimidate and Coerce: 12 tactics palm oil companies use to grab community land” was created by World Rainforest Movement, GRAINContinue reading “Promise, Divide, Intimidate and Coerce: 12 tactics used by palm oil companies intent on land-grabbing”
Palm oil plantations have an overall negative impact on biodiversity, according to research released this week. The study, published in Nature Communications, found palmContinue reading “Palm oil plantations are bad for wildlife great and small: study”
Yes, but Zoos/NGOs I think are trustworthy like Chester Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and WWF support the RSPO and sustainable palm oil?
A network of Zoos and CONservation NGOS such as Orangutan Land Trust, Orangutan SOS, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Chester Zoo (a full list here) are either RSPO members themselves or they are funded by RSPO members (global retailers or palm oil companies) in exchange for promoting sustainable palm oil. This is a formal commercial agreement that they have.
Apps pushing fake palm oil sustainability on behalf of brands
The @ImpactScoreApp and @CheyenneMtnZoo apps (created in association with the RSPO) falsely recommend global chocolate brands that are supposedly “sustainable”. Yet countless reports by watchdogs like Global Witness, Greenpeace, AP, Mighty Earth, Friends of the Earth, Environmental Investigation Agency show this to be a greenwashing lie. ALL of these household brands are still causing human rights abuses, ecocide and deforestation for palm oil.
Brands listed as using “sustainable” palm oil on the Impact Score App and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo feature in a 2021 Global Witness report into death and slavery for palm oil in Papua..
Global Witness October 2021 Report: Violence and death for palm oil connected to household supermarket brands (RSPO members)
“One palm oil firm, Rimbunan Hijau, [Papua New Guinea] negligently ignored repeated and avoidable worker deaths and injuries on palm oil plantations, with at least 11 workers and the child of one worker losing their lives over an eight-year period.
“Tainted palm oil from Papua New Guinea plantations was sold to household name brands, all of them RSPO members including Kellogg’s, Nestlé, Colgate, Danone, Hershey’s and PZ Cussons and Reckitt Benckiser”
How do I know if chocolate I’m buying has palm oil in it?
Sometimes it’s deceptively difficult to find palm oil on chocolate packaging. It could be listed as one of 1,000’s different chemical names.
If you are ever in doubt look for the prefixes:
in the ingredients list on packaging – this is most likely palm oil. Another tip is to shop for locally produced chocolate and vegan chocolate (if you happen to be vegan).
Which chocolate brands cause deforestation for palm oil?
In short, all of the major chocolate brands cause deforestation for palm oil. This includes (but is not limited to):
- Quality Street
- Ritter Sport
Palm Oil Free Chocolate and Confectionery
Bon Appetit and happy Easter!
Liberation Foods: chocolate, spreads, nuts.
Raw Gorilla: Cereals, snacks, chocolate
True Gum: chewing gum, mints, sweets.
Each year, Mighty Earth closely examine the cocoa sustainability of each major chocolate brand – so you can also cross-reference for cocoa as well when buying…