Going palm-oil free for orangutans.

This special post has been written by the Orangutan Foundation’s supporters.
 “My name is Jacha Potgieter and with my wife we run a coffee shop in Betws-y-Coed, north Wales  (www.alpinecoffeeshop.net).  


Jacha cafe

 I visited Borneo in 2008 on a volunteer programme to work with the organisation and I became aware of the impact of palm oil issues.  On returning home I was shocked to see how many products contained palm oil and resolved to seek out only palm oil free goods.  Myself, Sue (our cook) and my wife started researching and sourcing palm oil free goods.  It was not an easy journey but we achieved a lot, especially  persuading the local bakery and major food wholesalers to be aware of the issue.  We are now palm oil free except for sustainable goods of which there are only four products and we plan to replace these in due course.  We make our own ice-cream.  We also support Louis Barnett from Chokolit whose products are also palm oil free. There is a permanent exhibition and information on orangutans and the foundation in the coffee shop gallery.

Jacha cafe and artwork

 This is a very hard won achievement after two years of research and non-compromise but we have enjoyed the challenge.”

 The Orangutan Foundation praises all of your hard work and efforts and is extremely grateful for your ongoing support of our work. Also, thank you for the chocolates that you sent - they arrived today and were absolutely delicious -yum!

 Here is another contribution from Sue, a supporter of the Orangutan Foundation and Jacha’s…

 “This Halloween, Gwen and Jasha Potgieter kindly let us use the outside of their coffee shop to raise  money for the Orangutan Foundation. After a wet start, children and adults alike enjoyed a great time carving pumpkins, guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin and having their faces painted! We raised £185.22 on the day adding to the grand total of £900.00 raised by them this year. It was such a success that we have already been asked back next year!!”

 Please consider supporting the work of the Orangutan Foundation by donating to our 20th Anniversary Appeal.

 Thank you!