Dr Jane Goodall DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace has agreed to become one of our Ambassadors! 

As a world-renowned ethologist, conservationist and author, Bournemouth resident Dr Goodall is one of my heroes so to have her support for the Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community initiative is just incredible!  If you want a feel-good book to read, her latest book, The Book of Hope, is simply inspiring (I gave it to my brother last Christmas). 

DSPOC has also connected with Roots & Shoots campaign, Dr Goodall’s global humanitarian and environmental programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands on projects for their community, animals and the environment. 

They already have groups in the Bournemouth area but they really want more Dorset schools to join in and help create a sustainable future. They provide amazing resources free to schools and an opportunity to meet Dr Jane Goodall at their annual awards ceremony.

If any local primary or secondary schools are interested, perhaps as part of their global citizenship curriculum, or as an Eco-School, go to https://www.rootsnshoots.org.uk/ or email Jasmina on [email protected] for more information.

Also in August, New members:

Southbourne hospitality business – James Fowler’s The Larder House – has signed up to the Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community and helps takes us nearer to our aim to become the world’s first sustainable palm oil county.  The Larder House takes inspiration from the greatest foods from around the UK & Europe, and in its unique venue, heralds traditions of bygone eras, winning the hearts of the country’s foodie elite and local residents alike.  Welcome The Larder House!

Gillingham’s Red Panda Trading became our fifth zero waste shop to join DSPOC, and makes Gillingham our 13th town in DSPOC.  Red Panda Trading is an online eco shop full of colourful and beautiful luxurious things for greener living.  They sell products that are not only sustainably sourced and made by British businesses, but they are sent in reused cardboard, packed with repurposed and recycled paper and only using paper tape. #proud to be plastic-free!

Arts University Bournemouth has become our latest pledged champion to complete all the steps required to become a champion – congratulations and thank you to AUB and in particular James who has been enthusiastic about DSPOC and our goal of saying no to conventional palm oil since day 1.  They have put their policy on their Sustainability page of their website – check it out by scrolling to the bottom.

PalmOil Scan app

When you go shopping, how can you tell if there is palm oil in a product, and if it is sustainable or conventional palm oil?  Many companies don’t use the RSPO logo or don’t even say it is certified sustainable palm oil when it is. 

A new app, PalmOil Scan, produced by Chester Zoo, Auckland Zoo and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo of Colorado in collaboration with the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), checks if the product you are about to purchase is from a company committed to sourcing sustainable palm oil.  The database contains products from 1000s of brands and 100s of consumer product manufacturers to reveal how committed they are to certified sustainable palm oil globally.  

You can also connect with those individual brands and manufacturers via a “contact them button” on the app.  Now you can shop with the confidence that you are helping save tropical species and their homes from deforestation. 

Download it from the App store or Google Play Store.

Southern Sustainability Awards

Lastly, I am thrilled to announce that DSPOC has been nominated as a finalist in the Southern Sustainability Awards 2022!  We’re delighted to be recognised in this way.

Lucy Cullinane

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