Project Green – Buy Fair Trade Chocolate

Project Green | Eat Fair Trade Chocolate on Hanna's Places

Hello lovelies and happy Monday! How are you all doing? I hope you had a good weekend and are ready for a new and fresh week.

This week I have a little challenge for all of you. I recently read a few articles about the chocolate industry and its cruel ways. People get exploitet just so that we can buy a bar of chocolate for almost nothing. Let me give you some facts: About 60 % of the chocolate we can buy here is either from Ghana or the Ivory Coast. In both of these countries, child labour and even slavery is really common. Children that are about four or five years old work with machetes that are often bigger than they are themself, which makes self-mutilation also more common than one would hope for. Instead of going to school and being able to live the way children should live, playing all day without thinking about tomorrow, they start working in an industry that is harsh and unforgiving. Some are even displaced from their families to start living a life of misery. Not really what you want to think about as you bite into your piece of chocolate, right?

Well, gladly there is an alternative! Thanks to the fact that living green is so hip at the moment, you can buy some fair trade chocolate at almost every supermarket. I know that these are a bit more expensive than regular chocolate most of the time and don’t have all those yummy varieties as well. Think of it this way, buying less chocolate is actually a good way to support your Spring diet ;). And who knows, if more people start buying fair trade, maybe there’ll be more options someday as well?


What about you? Do you already buy a lot of Fairtrade products? And would you start buying fair chocolate?


Graphic by Danielle Marshall for Project Green.



  • Danielle
    March 24, 2014


    Thankfully, I don’t really eat too much chocolate, but the next time I do I will be on the look out for fair trade options. Thanks for all the info! Happy Monday lady!

    • Hanna
      March 24, 2014


      Lucky you, I’m a total chocoholic! ;) Let me know if you have any luck in finding fair options. Over here in Germany it’s relatively easy, but I’d love to know what it’s like in the US.

      Thanks for the awesome graphic!

  • Suruchi
    March 24, 2014


    Hannah I love this! I started working with someone who only gets her products the fair trade way and I think it’s wonderful! I hope to see more and more people starting to become aware of this! Hope you have a wonderful week! :)

  • Tori
    March 24, 2014


    I was part of a society at uni – Stop The Traffik – that aims to raise awareness, and ultimately stop, human slavery and trafficking, and one of the campaigns – which you can find here – is to do with this very subject matter. It certainly made me more aware of what I buy and has stopped me from purchasing certain products. Unfortunately, unlike Dani, I’m a bit of a chocoholic, so I do have to be very careful!

    Love the graphic – Dani is so super-talented!

  • Victoria
    March 27, 2014


    I love chocolate !!! I don’t think american chocolate is as nice though.. Green and Blacks is one of my favourites, or from the chocolate shops such as thorntons but I don’t think they are fair trade ! =[ Good points to think about though, and I love your blog and have nominated you for a liebster award =] Just to show how much I enjoy reading your posts ! You can join in here =] ! >>

    x Victoria @ Alf & Emilio

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Hanna’s Places is a green lifestyle magazine written by Hanna Ulatowski. It’s all about slowing down in a fast-paced society and finding ways to live a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.

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