Sustainability

Iceland has a long history of campaigning and promoting positive change for the environment, which was most recently highlighted by our industry-leading commitment to remove plastic packaging from our own brand food by 2023.

Palm Oil

By the end of 2018, 100% of our own brand food lines will contain no palm oil, reducing the demand for palm oil by more than 500 tonnes per year. 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

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.

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.

Plastics

What & Why

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Next Steps

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