Ah, chocolate 🍫! Who doesn’t love #chocolate 😍? I know I do!!
But did you know that, like coffee, chocolate is quite the dirty industry 💔? The carbon footprint of chocolate is equivalent to pork and chicken, which, like all animal products, is a large one.
The water footprint of chocolate is ~20,000 liters (5,283 gallons) per kilogram (2.2 lbs), which is the equivalent to cotton, a plant known for its great thirst (see waterfootprint.org)!
But worst of all, there’s the issue of child labor, slavery, and human trafficking.
“The high demand of inexpensive chocolate products in the developed world has led to a competitive market between cocoa farmers, and the low cost of child slavery and labour has led to a high demand for cheap child labourers.” (The Terry Project at the University of British Columbia http://www.terry.ubc.ca/2013/11/26/child-slavery-the-bitter-truth-behind-the-chocolate-industry/)
I know I am being quite the party pooper here 💩. But please hear me out. There are really easy ways to be responsible about it, and do know that you can make a difference by making better choices in your busy everyday life 💚🌍✨!
1. Stick to #organic and #fairtrade chocolate, preferably package-free of course.
2. Less is more/ quality over quantity. I rather have less, but ethically and eco-consciously sourced and produced chocolate than more of the cheap stuff that somebody else had to pay with their life for.
3. Let your voice be heard. Ask for ethically produced, organic, and bulk options in stores. The more people ask, the more likely it is that they will add it to their assortment.