Chester has been named the first Sustainable Palm Oil City in the world. This follows a long-running campaign led by conservationists at Chester Zoo. Over 50 organisations in the city including Fish and Chips @ Weston Grove as the first Fish and Chip Shop have revolutionised their supply chains and committed to sourcing palm oil from sustainable sources. The vegetable oil is used in thousands of household products, from food items to cleaning materials and cosmetics. Oil palm plantations have garnered global attention for causing widespread habitat destruction in South East Asian rainforests, pushing iconic species such as orangutans and tigers to the edge of extinction. The announcement represents an unprecedented collaboration of businesses, restaurants, schools and manufacturers from across the city of Chester. The organisations involved have removed unsustainable products from their supply chains, switching to sustainable alternatives and have made time-bound pledges to use only 100% sustainable palm oil products.
Conservationists believe Chester’s achievement in becoming the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City is a significant step towards preventing further rainforest destruction in tropical regions. Cat Barton, Field Programmes Manager at Chester Zoo, said: “The fact that more than 50 organisations in one city alone have made changes to the products they use – and committed to a 100% sustainable future – shows that the tide is turning.
In September 2017Chester Zoo launched an ambitious, major new conservation campaign to make Chester the first city in the world to source its palm oil from entirely sustainable sources. Chester Zoo wanted to do something innovative; something game-changing; something that could have a significant impact on shaping the future of our planet. They wanted Chester to lead the way on an issue that’s vitally important to the long-term survival of many iconic species.
Now, 18 months later, they’ve achieved their goal!
THANK YOU TO OUR CHAMPIONS
More than 50 organisations across the city have revolutionised their supply chains and have committed to sourcing palm oil from entirely sustainable sources. Thank you to each and every individual or organisation who has taken action to make Chester the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City. Together, we can prevent extinction!
To see a full list of our incredible City Champions, and to see how you can join them in our mission to protect wildlife, head over to the website here!
SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL CITY MAP
If you’re looking for restaurants or cafés in Chester which source their palm oil products sustainably, then look no further! We’ve made it easy for you to find our Sustainable Palm Oil City champions using our city map.
Chester Zoo would also like to say a HUGE thank you to Co-op who are supporting their reforestation programme and the work they are doing to deliver sustainable palm oil education here in the UK. Chester Zoo has been so impressed by the Co-op’s commitment to sustainable palm oil so far and are excited that, with their support, the reforestation of land in Malaysian Borneo which was previously used as an oil palm plantation has become a reality. Chester Zoo are looking forward to working with the team at Co-op to continue this progress.