So with Easter coming up and the thought of Easter eggs coming to the fore for many of us, what can you do to reduce the palm oil or get rid of it altogether in the Easter eggs you buy?
Ethical Consumer can help. They say palm oil is a controversial ingredient found in over 50% of supermarket products and its production is destroying rainforests, biodiversity and communities.
So this Easter, they are asking people to buy their Easter eggs from companies committed to ethical business practice who have avoided using palm oil altogehter.
They are hoping to raise awareness of the issues involving palm oil by promoting palm oil free companies this Easter.
These four brands they say are all made by palm oil free companies:
Staring off in 1999, Booja Booja is committed to making sustainable and vegan products. Its chocolate is organic, dairy free, gluten free and soya free. Their vegan chocolates were voted best vegan choccies in a taste test carried out by the Good Housekeeping Institute.
Divine launched in 1998 and prides itself as the first farmer-owned Fairtrade chocolate company. The cooperative farmers that grow the cocoa beans own 44% of the company.
Montezuma was also set up in 1999 by two self-taught chocolate makers. It's a small family business, and most of the chocolate they make is organic. They want to focus on a "more chocolate, less packaging" approach. This year they have introduced a brand new 100% cocoa button egg. It's vegan, sugar free, gluten free and soya free!
Cocoa Loco operate from their Chocolate Barn in Sussex. They produce 100% Fairtrade and organic chocolate.