Target: Peter Tedesco, Managing Director of Streets Ice Cream
Goal: Stop Streets Ice Cream from using palm oil in ice cream
The suffering of endangered orangutans and tigers continues at the hand of the palm oil industry. Excessive deforestation, forest fires, and peatland destruction are quickly eliminating the homes of these endangered creatures and worsening climate change. Certain businesses have attempted to appear more environmentally friendly by joining the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but even they do not guarantee environmentally friendly palm oil. The ice cream manufacturer, Streets, is once such company that continues to use palm oil and says it has committed to use only sustainable palm oil by 2020.
Whether Streets is a member of the RSPO or “committed” to sustainably sourced palm oil, the reality is that current practices in the palm oil industry are not sustainable and lead to massive environmental destruction.
Streets could easily reconfigure its ice cream recipe in order to stop using palm oil. Simply stating that it will use only sustainable palm oil by 2020 is not enough. Not only does that allow for more than half a decade of continued environmental destruction, but it also probably means that in 2020, the use of sustainable palm oil will still mean that forest are being destroyed and endangered animals are losing their homes. Tell Streets to stop using palm oil in its products now.
Dear Mr. Tedesco,
Palm oil is receiving more and more negative press for its costly effects on the environment. Your company indicates that it is committed to using sustainable palm oil by 2020; however, even the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), cannot guarantee that palm oil is sourced from sustainable farms and that deforestation and destruction of habitat have not taken place.
As the Managing Director of Streets, I am asking you to reevaluate and call for an elimination of palm oil in Streets products. Many companies make ice cream without the use of palm oil, so it is possible for you to do the same. Please help to protect the environment and be an environmentally conscious leader. Stop the use of palm oil in Streets products.
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