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A Response from Arnott’s Australia!

So I’ve got some great news guys! I received a letter from Arnott’s! They were the first of my letters to respond in fact, which is great because this was one of the hardest companies for me to give up.
Here’s what they had to say

Hi Tegan

While Arnott’s Australia New Zealand (ANZ) uses only a small amount (less than 0.05%) of the total 40 million metric tonnes of palm oil produced annually, we are committed to playing our part by sourcing sustainable palm oil that avoids deforestation.

Arnott’s ANZ believes the most effective way to do this is to:
1. Reduce overall usage of palm oil
Since August 2010, we have decreased our current palm oil usage by approximately 25 percent by replacing palm oil with alternative oils across a number of products. The Company will remain committed to identifying opportunities to further reduce usage of palm oil on an ongoing basis.

2. Source certified sustainable palm oil
Working closely with its palm oil supplier, who is an active member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Arnott’s ANZ is targeting the use of 100% certified sustainable palm oil, if available, by 2015. We’re getting there by shifting around 20% of our supply each year to certified sustainable palm oil. We currently source from peninsular Malaysia only, from land which has been used to produce palm oil or other agriculture crops for decades.

You may also be interested to learn that Arnott’s commitment to sourcing sustainable ingredients goes beyond palm oil. Recently, we started working with Fairtrade Australia New Zealand to source only Fairtrade-certified cocoa from West Africa. Fairtrade-certified cocoa prohibits the use of the worst forms of child labour and empowers cocoa producing farmers to build a better and brighter future for themselves, their families and communities.

How great is this?! I’m going to write to them again and see if they have a list of the products that are already using sustainable palm oil, and then I’ll post it up on here!
This just goes to show that the consumer can dictate the choices that large companies make! It gives me so much hope! Sure, they aren’t there yet, but at least they taking the steps to get to a more sustainable future! Let’s just hope the palm oil they’re using is actually sustainable (I’m looking at you, Wilmar).


A Letter to … Arnott’s Australia

This is the big one!! Arnotts makes the products that I had the hardest time giving up, including my beloved Mint Slice, so I really hope that they not only get back to me, but they have some good new for me, too! If you would like to send a letter to Arnotts, that would be great! You can do so by leaving them feedback here, or send them a more formal hard copy letter! We might not be able to make them good for our health, but together we can try to make them better for the world!

To Whom It May Concern

Hello! My name is Tegan Webb, and I am contacting you, the makers of many of my favorite biscuits, including Tim Tams, Caramel Crowns, Royals, and Mint Slice, to not only commend you on a delicious products, but I was hoping you could answer a couple of my questions regarding this particular product.

I have recently embarked on a personal quest, of sorts, to only buy products that contain sustainably sourced palm oil, for ethical reasons. As I’m sure you would have heard, palm oil plantations are the major course of deforestation in many parts of South East Asia, and as an animal lover this concerns me a lot. I did notice that they contain Vegetable Oils and or Fats, and as palm oil is not required to be labelled I wanted to ask you if this palm oil sustainably sourced in accordance with the Round Table of Sustainable Palm Oil Criteria and, if not, would you ever consider switching to the use of sustainable palm oil?

Thankyou again for your fabulous food products, and I really hope the answer to my questions is yes, because I don’t want to have to give them up!

Thankyou for your time, I hope to hear from you soon! You can contact me at my email or at the address provided above.

Yours Sincerely

Tegan Elizabeth Webb