Newquay Zoo recently hosted its first ever sustainable palm oil event to help raise awareness of the devastating effects of unsustainable palm oil production.

Guests were welcomed by zoo staff and founder of Newquay Supports Sustainable Palm Oil Jane Griffiths to listen to scheduled talks and learn a little more about palm oil and how everyone can help make a difference.

Jo Hand, co-founder of Giki Badges - a mobile app that encourages sustainable consumption by inspiring you to make small changes to your shopping habits - also joined the awareness event.

Organizers were really pleased with the outcome of the event and hope to hold more in the future. Jane Griffiths: “We all felt really positive and encouraged by the concern and interest shown by a lot of people, especially the support shown from Mayor Rachel Craze, the town councilors and from Liberal Democrat candidate and Mayor of St. Austell Town Council Tim Styles.“

It was great to see students from Newquay Tretherras eco team attend, passing on their knowledge and enthusiasm to the public. They really are ambassadors for their generation.”

Palm oil is an important commercial crop employing many local people, the oil is used in large numbers of supermarket products, plantations cover large areas of land in the tropics and threaten many animal species through deforestation. By using only certified sustainable palm oil, consumers can help ensure that forest habitat is not converted and so help better protect wildlife.

Wild Planet Trust, the charity that runs Newquay Zoo, Paignton Zoo in Devon and Living Coasts in Torquay, are actively involved in the sustainable palm oil campaign and only sell food products that use sustainable palm oil.

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