This sweet treat can have a dark past, so picking your product is importantView all products
- Cocoa farmers and their workers are not always treated well or paid fairly for their labour
- Palm oil has been and continues to be a major driver of deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests and ecosystems. It's said to be found in more than half of supermarket products.
- Some chocolate manufacturers use plastic packaging which is often made with virgin plastics which aren't easily recyclable
Chocolate has been one of the big focuses for both the fair trade and anti-palm oil movements. We're now seeing many chocolate options that talk openly about their efforts to create better working conditions, reduce damaging practices like deforestation, and cut out slave labour. Alternative chocolate can also be made with lower impact ingredients, reduced and plastic-free packaging, as well as fairer working practices.
Fair Trade Chocolate
Fair Trade chocolate supports better wages and working conditions for growers. Organisations like Fairtrade Foundation work with co-operatives, businesses and governments to make trade fair.
Palm Oil-free Chocolate
There are quite a few palm oil-free chocolate options now. Supporting companies that are cutting out this ingredient can help you avoid supporting deforestation and intensive farming practices that damage the soil and overall ecology of the areas it's grown.
Chocolate made with plant-based milk alternatives like oat or soya not only have a reduced environmental impact compared to cow milk, but also reduces animal exploitation and will often be vegan. The most low-impact options include oat, pea, potato and hemp.