Palm Oil

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“World’s First Certified Sustainable Palm Oil Catering Company”

In 2018, we were asked how we were going to support the use of sustainable Palm Oil through school catering. Rather than just promote the use of sustainable Palm Oil, we elected to reassess our whole supply chain model and challenge ourselves to become certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as the World’s First Certified Sustainable Palm Oil Catering Company.

We enrolled in the Sustainable Palm Oil City Project in Chester with a view to ensuring that any palm oil present in the food served in our school kitchens was only sought from certified sustainable sources.

This was the beginning of our Sustainable Palm Oil Journey…


What is Palm Oil?

The World’s most commonly used vegetable oil

Palm Oil is an edible oil that comes from palm trees. Two types of oil can be produced from the tree; oil from squeezing the fruit and oil from crushing the stone in the middle of the fruit.

  • Over 85% of Palm Oil is grown in Indonesia and Malaysia
  • 73 million tonnes of Palm Oil are produced annually
  • It is a balanced and diverse fat and can be used as both solid and liquid


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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) works with conservation organisations, like Chester Zoo and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to support better food and farming for the local people and the animal population.

19% of Global PALM OIL is CERTIFIED by the RSPO

Edsential became the FIRST ‘CERTIFIED’ SCHOOL CATERING PROVIDER in July 2019!

Certified Palm Oil Schools

Why do we need to be sustainable?

  • Palm Oil is extremely versatile, which makes it useful and widely used. S Palm Oil produces more oil per hectare than any other vegetable oil crop. It grows very quickly and can be harvested every 10 days!!

  • There are 4.5 million people who depend on producing palm oil for their livelihood.

  • Sustainable palm oil contributes to protecting wildlife like the Orangutan, Pygmy Elephant and Sumatran Rhino.

Approximately 50% of consumer products contain palm oil, however, 70% of our cosmetics and household detergents contain materials derived from palm oil.

  • To produce the same amount from alternative vegetable crops like soybean or coconut, you would need anything between 4 and 10 times more land, which would just shift the problem to other parts of the world and threaten other habitats and species.
  • Palm Oil products are a major contributor in cutting down rainforests, threatening wildlife inhabiting rainforests like the Orangutan, Pygmy Elephant and Sumatran Rhino.
  • Cutting down the rainforest reduces oxygen and increases greenhouse gases which contributes to climate change.
  • Boycotting palm oil is not an option as the unsustainable practices will still occur. Therefore, working towards a change will have a greater impact on protecting the amazing and diverse wildlife that is affected by palm oil production.

Contact Us for Further Details on our Palm Oil Journey

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