Oddfellows Hotels supports sustainable palm oil campaign

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
13 December 2018 | Updated 13 December 2018

UK: Design-led boutique hotel Oddfellows in Chester pledges to remove palm oil from non-sustainable sources from its operation.

The initiative, led by Chester Zoo, is to make Chester become the world's first Sustainable Palm Oil City as part of their Sustainable Palm Oil Challenge Campaign, which was launched in 2015 to help protect rainforests across South East Asia and the wildlife found within them.

The hotel has already taken steps to change catering suppliers that use non-sustainable palm oil.

Elliot Hill, head chef of Oddfellows Hotels, said: ''Making this change was a no-brainer for the team here. We have recently launched our restaurant Cultivated with the ethos of locally produced and ethically sourced produce. I'm planning on growing more and more onsite in our secret garden area so that we can cultivate some of our ingredients within the city walls. It is simply a matter of looking into suppliers and making changes wherever we can so that if palm oil is used, we know it is from a sustainable source. It makes me feel incredibly proud of my home city that we can be leaders in these sorts of sustainability projects. It's important that the businesses in the city follow suit to also implement these changes and I would encourage all hospitality businesses to start looking at labels and questioning their sourcing strategies.''

Faye Sherlock, project officer of Chester Zoo's Sustainable Palm Oil City, said: ''Our bid to make Chester the world's first Sustainable Palm Oil City is really gathering pace and it's wonderful that Oddfellows have come on-board - the first of what we hope will be many hotels and B&Bs from across the city. Unsustainable palm oil is causing truly awful damage to the forest homes of orangutans and countless other species. This movement towards sustainable, deforestation free palm oil is therefore a big step forward in the fight against the habitat destruction that is pushing species to extinction. It's not too late for orangutans and together we can make a difference.''

Independent boutique hotel Oddfellows was created in 2011 when Jonathan Slater masterminded a multi-million pound re-imagining of the previous business model to an 18 bedroomed boutique hotel. The hotel won the city's tourism awards in 2018 as 'Best Boutique Accommodation' and has won a Civic award for the careful and clever restoration of the property. Chef Elliot Hill was a finalist for the Acorn scholarship 2019.

Chester Zoo is a registered conservation and education charity that supports projects around the world and closer to home in Cheshire. Welcoming 1.9 million visitors a year, it is the most visited zoo in the UK; home to over 15,000 animals and more than 500 different species, many of which are endangered in the wild.

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