Know fair trade and certified organic chocolate companies
Today there are more Fair Trade chocolate companies and brands specializing in organic chocolate ingredients than ever before. Whether it’s a chocolate gift for a special occasion or a quick snack on the go, your eco-shopping trip is much less complicated today than it was five years ago.
So breathe a sigh of relief knowing you no longer have to fight over where to buy eco-friendly chocolate products. We have compiled a long list of the highest quality, most ethical and popular chocolate companies and organic chocolate brands. Give them a look, share them with your friends, and most importantly, celebrate your decision to live a greener, more socially conscious life!
Alter Eco’s chocolate uses only certified organic and certified Fairtrade chocolate, as well as Fairtrade, organic sugar, nuts, raisins and coffee beans, and is also free from artificial flavors, sweeteners, chemical additives and emulsifiers.
Dagoba Organic Chocolate’s belief in chocolate as a sacred food (Dagoba means temple in Sanskrit) is made with organic cocoa beans from a variety of countries including the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Peru.
Organized by farmers, Divine Chocolate works primarily with small cocoa producers in West Africa to promote ethical trade practices. The company invests in building schools, sinking wells, providing mobile clinics and supporting women’s income generation projects.
Endangered Species Chocolate emphasizes principles such as reverence for life and ethical trade. Their packaging raises awareness of species that are currently threatened or endangered. Ten percent of all net profits are used to support species, habitats and humanity.
Working with three different farmer cooperatives in the Dominican Republic, Equal Exchange organic chocolate products are both organic and fair trade. The company also produces teas, snacks and coffee.
Green & Black
Blending the “green” of organic chocolate production principles with the “black” of decadent living, Green & Black’s is both delicious and sustainable. They only choose organic and fair trade chocolate ingredients.
Granada Chocolate Company
For Granada Chocolate Company, it’s not enough to just buy certified organic cocoa beans – they have to grow the beans themselves. Working with organic farming cooperatives, they grow the beans and then use solar-powered machines to make the chocolate.
Ithaca Fine Chocolates
At Ithaca Fine Chocolates, the aim is to produce exquisite chocolate (using Swiss chocolatier methods) that is also Fair Trade certified. They also only buy USDA certified organic ingredients. Their packaging, art cards and display boxes are also made from recycled paper.
Newman’s own organic products
Newman’s Own Organics, a company founded by Paul Newman, carries Signature Series chocolates that are USDA-certified organic and made with ingredients grown on Rainforest Alliance-certified farms.
seeds of change
Seeds of Change works to keep organic, open-pollinated seeds available to farmers and gardeners worldwide, also produces some organic foods and recently developed a line of chocolates made from organic cocoa, fruits, nuts and spices from around the world.
Organic chocolates from Sweet Earth
Based in California, Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates is certified organic by the Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) organization.
Terra Nostra Organic
Terra Nostra Organic Chocolate, a Vancouver, Canada company, is certified organic and known for its great flavor and rich finish. The company is also a founding member of Equitable Trade, which strives to promote ethically traded and organic chocolate farming practices for its suppliers.
Certified by the Rainforest Alliance, Vintage Plantations chocolate is made from Ecuadorian cocoa, so you know it’s both eco-friendly and ethically sourced.
Know where to buy fair trade chocolate
Now that you know which fair trade chocolate brands and organic chocolate companies to look for, you may also need help knowing where to buy organic and fair trade chocolates (some artisans and manufacturers sell their wares not online). To help you, here are some tools to help you know where to buy eco-friendly and ethical chocolate:
- Global Exchange carries a wide range of Fair Trade certified products including chocolate, coffee, tea, crafts, clothing, jewelry and more.
- TransFair USA maintains a list of national cafes, restaurants, and retailers that carry their Fair Trade certified grocery products.
- The Chocolate Room stocks some fair trade and organic chocolate bars.
- You can find fair trade chocolates from Vintage Plantations online at World Wide Chocolate.
Choose eco-friendly chocolate as a gift
Holidays are a popular time to buy chocolate as gifts throughout the year. But this year, if you’re shopping in the islands or browsing online, think about eco-friendly chocolate gifts, especially if you’re coming to the events here:
Spoil your sweetheart with a box of chocolates from certified organic farming or with the Fairtrade seal.
Stock up on Hanukkah gelt that’s organic and look for Fair Trade certified Christmas advent calendars and stocking fillers.
Surprise your mom with a bouquet of chocolates that are healthier for her and ensure women around the world are treated with dignity and respect. Fair trade is the only way for this occasion.
If your dad has a sweet tooth, give him a real treat by buying organic chocolates made from cocoa beans grown on farms free of pesticides and fertilizers. These will hit the spot without hurting the pawns.
Don’t let the Easter Bunny bring your children chocolates that were made in child slave labor! Choose Fair Trade certified chocolate instead.
Send trick-or-treating home with sweets that won’t cause them health problems later. Non-toxic organic chocolates are a great alternative to traditional treats.
When it’s time to plan a spectacular day to celebrate your love, do so with ethical favors to add a green, socially conscious flair to your day. Also look out for the fair trade and organic labels on your cake!