First of all, happy bank holiday everyone! Are you enjoying the additional day of? I certainly am! I just returned home from a day out and about with my family, eating ice cream and drinking coffee, and I’m about to go out for a fun evening watching Pitch Perfect 2. Living the life, as some would say.
In between social engagements (haha), I wanted to share with you a little Fair Trade fact I read about recently. Who else is a chocoholic out there and quite happy about the fact, that there are more and more supermarket/discounter brands with a Fairtrade logo? The perfect match – same price, but good working conditions. Well, sadly it’s not quite as easy. I read (and you can too by googling ‘Fairtrade chocolate percentage’, there’s tons of articles) that to get a Fairtrade logo, brands only have to buy a certain percentage of Fairtrade cocoa. That means, that you might buy a Fairtrade (discounter) chocolate bar, that doesn’t actually have any Fairtrade chocolate beans in it (on the other hand, you might buy a 100 percent Fairtrade one, but you never know). Don’t get me wrong here, a small percentage of Fair Trade is still better than nothing, but it’s also not ideal or what we should be pushing for as consumers. So, what’s the solution? Just continue buying certified and well-known Fair Trade brands, that have been working in that field for a couple of years. That might be GEPA in Germany, Divine Chocolate or Green & Black (update: apparently G&B is owned by Mondelēz International/Kraft Foods, so they are probably not a safe bet either! Thanks for the hint, Beanie) in the UK and probably lots of other brands in other countries (researching this should be easy enough).
This way, you might pay a bit more, but you can be certain to enjoy fairly produced chocolate (which totally justifies eating a whole bar, no?)!
What’s your favourite fair chocolate brand?