The problem with palm oil

Palm oil is used as a raw material in many food products and non-food products like cosmetics and cleaning products. But the rising demand for palm oil has led to large tracts of rainforest being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations.

Finding a solution to help everyone

Palm oil is a very efficient oil, so reformulating to alternative oil that can need up to 9 times more land to produce, could lead to higher deforestation rates. Responsibly managing our forests is one of the quickest and most cost effective ways to curb global warming, as well as conserving wildlife and protecting the rights of indigenous communities.

 

Working with local projects and certified sources

Therefore, from 1 January 2019 we are making sure that 100% of the palm oil used in all of our own label products is sourced from deforestation-free certified sources.

As well as sourcing 100% RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil in our food and non-food products, we are also making sure we invest directly in smallholders. With our partner Solidaridad we have been supporting a smallholder project in Côte d’Ivoire that focuses on the protection of natural forests and environmentally friendly cultivation methods.

Click below for more about how ALDI is responsibly sourcing from forests.