You may not think about it when you're grocery shopping, but you have the power tocreate meaningful change, through the products you purchase.
Your choicescan changethe world.
This is especiallytrue when it comesto palm oil.
Did you knowpalm oil is foundin roughly50%of all supermarket products?
This hidden ingredientmay not directly change your life, the unsustainable production of palm oil is destroying somebody else's.
To make way for new palm oil plantations, rain forests in southeast Asia are being cleared at a rate equal to 300 football fields every hour to keep up with demand. This relentless destruction comes the loss of irreplaceable habitat, wildlife endangerment and massive carbon emissions.
The choices you make at the checkout can quite literally change this.
The switch toSunflower oil
Removing palm oil and its derivatives from the Darrell Lea range was a huge task that took almost two years.
Before choosing a substitute, we reviewed more than 200 alternative ingredients!
We have replaced 100% of palm oil with sunflower oil accross Darrell Lea branded treats.
Whycan't I seepalm oilin theingredients?
Australian labelling laws don't require products to specify exactly what oils they contain, so it's quite tricky to make an informed decision. Often the term 'vegetable oil' is used to disguise the real ingredient.
Our aim is to have all of our packaging updated by March 2021.
Have more questions?
When we say Darrell Lea makes it better, we really mean it. Our customers tell us ethically sourced ingredients matter, and we agree. Removing palm oil is a step we're taking to create confectionery that is better for the environment.
Sunflower oil has proved the best choice from an environmental, health-related and manufacturing perspective.
Mostly Europe with some from Argentina, as a commercial sunflower oil crop is not yet available in Australia.
Every single Darrell Lea treat is guaranteed to be palm oil-free, and now contains sunflower oil.
Some products have started hiing the shelves. By October every single Darrell Lea product on shelves should be palm oil free.
As you can imagine, replacing millions of individual labels all over the country takes time. Our aim is to have all our packaging updated by March 2021.
Products on supermarket shelves and in warehouses need to be sold before new ones can take their place. Similarly, we buy millions of labels at a time, so to avoid waste we need to use these before they’re replaced.
The entire Darrell Lea range - about 100 products. Sadly, as part of the process, we had to discontinue Stix as it couldn’t be made without palm oil.
We use 100% sustainably sourced cocoa in all our chocolate products and pay a premium for it to help fund sustainability programmes in Ghana. We are intending to transition to fully renewable energy by 2025 and are exploring ways to make our packaging eco-friendlier.
We were able to remove palm oil altogether. For those that can’t, we suggest you look into sustainable palm oil alternatives with RSPO as a step forward.
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