Old Chang Kee, local purveyor of curry puffs and other local snacks, has switched to using a more sustainable palm oil after a petition started by local students accumulated over 8000 signatures. According to the latest petition update, the organisers of the petition received an email from Old Chang Kee at the beginning of February informing them they have switched to RSPO palm oil in all Old Chang Kee stores in Singapore.
As previously reported, this petition calling for Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs to stop using unsustainable oil was organised by Students Of Singapore Against Haze, which was then started by Gauri Shukla. Shukla had saw first-hand how beautiful rainforests were being burnt down to make way for palm oil plantations. She also investigated and found that local companies, Old Chang Kee and Polar Puffs & Cakes, used non-RSPO palm oil.
RSPO, or The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, certifies that the palm oil was produced in a sustainable way, without using fire and deforestation methods that frequently cause the haze and pollution plaguing the region.
Correction: It was earlier noted that Polar Puff has not responded on the use of its palm oil in an earlier version of this post. Polar Puff has published a clarification on Oct 2017 that it uses vegetable oils that come from sustainable sources (RSPO Certified).