Newton House Knaresborough has declared itself a Palm Oil Free Zone that aims to support international initiatives to reduce the use of palm oil in everyday activities. The initiative is all part of the award-winning bed and breakfast’s overall eco-friendly policy to find better ways to deliver sustainable products as part of its service.
Newton House owner, Denise Carter said: “It is quite a challenge to avoid palm oil because it is included in virtually everything but I’m not willing to support the destruction rain forests and wildlife habitats such as the Orangutan in Borneo and Sumatran elephants. To do this costs us more financial but I am passionate about this and it is important to share it with as many people as a possible.”
Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet, and it is in about half of all packaged products sold in the supermarket. Newton House has a policy of avoiding products that use palm oil such as in toiletries, which are made from the highest quality ingredients, prepared to the highest standards and produced with very low impact on the natural environment.
Newton House is well known as the place to stay in Knaresborough for the best breakfasts, which include healthy food choices and sustainable local produce. Owner, Denise Carter, who is also an avid forager and Slow Food enthusiast, personally makes many of the items on her award-winning breakfast menu.
Denise added: “A lot of our guests do not know about the effect palm oil production has on the environment and we hope our initiative will help to increase awareness and understanding of the issue. We may only be a small business in North Yorkshire but hopefully our efforts will contribute”.