Going palm oil free
Is it possible to completely avoid palm oil?

Posts Tagged ‘Sainsbury’s

Day 22 – little successes and Little Chef

March 10, 2010

As three weeks of Lent are over, I think so far the challenge has been successful. Sometimes it surprises me a few products I find that I can add to my slowly growing list that are OK. Naan bread – Waitrose naan bread does not use palm oil! A nice surprise and it went down […]

Day 8 – chips are down

February 24, 2010

Yesterday, I lingered outside the chip shop for a brief second and wondered if fish and chips from the local takeaway might be a palm oil free option. I should explain for the benefit of my American friends and followers that I’m using the British definition of chips and crisps throughout this blog, though both […]

Day 5 – bread and butter

February 21, 2010

Five days in and I’m continuing to enjoy delicious palm oil free bread from my new breadmaker. I should add a line of caution though … Using individual ingredients (flour, water, yeast, salt, sugar, sunflower oil, skimmed milk powder) is guaranteed palm oil free. But the ready made mixes may not be. Sainsbury’s mix for […]

Day 3 – Shiny solutions and caramel squares

February 19, 2010

Today I was at work – no chance to cook, prepare or buy food for myself; at the mercy of the staff restaurant and work colleagues. On a day full of birthdays the office was brimming with biscuits, cookies, breadsticks and cakes, all oozing with palm oil. Or, so I thought … fortunately for me […]

Day 2 – bagels, takeaways and hot chocolate

February 19, 2010

Another dilemma – today I had bagels in the freezer. These were fresh bakery-made Sainsbury’s bagels, and I hope that because they were made on-site they don’t have palm oil. But I don’t *know* that. Here’s the real difficulty. Go to google, run a search on ‘Sainsbury’s bagels “palm oil” ‘. Where does the number […]

I can’t believe it’s not palm oil …

September 27, 2009

Another week’s shopping done and the same problems of choice, but this time a new and difficult one: margarine. Now I know that margarine is just fat, so, manufacturers, please don’t tell me in the ingredients it just contains vegetable oils/fats … Let’s look at the main sellers in the UK Bertolli (the olive oil […]

Chicken Kievs

September 7, 2009

This blog was originally about how it would be possible, if at all, to go for a week or so without using palm oil. Ostensibly, that’s probably not too difficult, if all food (for example bread) is fresh, all ingredients locally sourced, and processed foods are ignored. Cosmetics and detergents are a different matter, but […]


July 28, 2009

OK – palm oil is everywhere but I keep coming back to chocolate. Perhaps in the same way that my focus on saving¬†orangutans is focusing on just one charismatic indicator species of a larger problem (mass extinctions, from climate change and human induced habitat loss), then chocolate is my “charismatic indicator species” of the palm […]

RSPO – part 2

July 21, 2009

The motives for RSPO are admirable but Greenpeace are their sternest critics – many criticisms can be seen here. http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/tags/rspo I’m not aware of any other certifiable sources of sustainable palm oil, so for now the RSPO is all we have. But the fact remains though admirable in mission, the speed of action has been […]

RSPO – part one

July 20, 2009

I’ve mentioned the RSPO a lot in passing. The RSPO is the RoundTable for Sustainable Palm Oil. There’s a link to it at the side of this page. Or, if I change the theme around of this blog, somewhere else on this page. It’s probably more important than anything else on this blog. It’s an […]