The Twelve Days of a Green Christmas…Eighth Day

On the eighth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…eight chocolate bars…seven bales of straw…six coffee plants…five bamboo toothbrushes…four stainless straws…three pairs of socks…two recycled pallets…and a new electric car!

First of all, Happy New Year, welcome to 2020 and a new decade! This is a great opportunity to start fresh and help make positive changes for our planet and your health!

On this eighth day of a green Christmas and also New Year’s Day my green friend remembers how I love fair trade, organic dark chocolate, especially with a champagne toast for the New Year! Dark chocolate with other ingredients are a treat so the eight individual bars of chocolate with raspberries, sea salt, chili pepper, orange almond, mint and coconut will be hard to resist!  I may have to try one small piece of each with champagne this evening!

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Endangered Species Chocolate

So good and so good for you, organic dark chocolate has many health benefits and depending on the brand you buy may even benefit the growers! The bars I received today were the Endangered Species brand organic dark chocolate with 88% cocoa!  I like the idea of buying, giving or receiving Endangered Species products because they offer only fair trade, organic chocolate and they donate 10% of their net proceeds to their “GiveBack” partners who are mainly wildlife organizations. Be sure to check out other fair-trade chocolatiers here!

In case you don’t know, chocolate comes from the roasted and ground seeds of the Latin American plant known as cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia. The majority of cacao is grown in Latin America and West Africa.

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FairTrade America – most trusted certification  Photo:FairTradeAmerica

Unfortunately as the demand for quality chocolate increased, the methods of cacao farming saw child labor and unfair trade practices escalate. The establishment of FairTrade America and Fair Trade Federation, both non-profit organizations, has helped reduce the amount of child labor through its’ certification process. Many of the Fair-Trade certified farmers also use sustainable farming practices which provide us with a healthier alternative when selecting chocolates and have increased the biodiversity of their farms by growing cacao without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. FairTrade America is not just about chocolate so be sure to explore other FairTrade certified products to know you are doing what you can to eliminate unfair labor standards. My green friend seems to spoil me every year with organic dark chocolate, knowing how much I enjoy it!

Thank you for taking time to read my post! Please come back tomorrow for the Ninth Day of a Green Christmas! If you’re curious about the history of the Twelve Days of Christmas you can find that here. Join me tomorrow and see what my Green Friend gifts me…I’m sure it will be fun, educational, or possibly edible! Whatever the gift I know it will make a positive impact on the environment!

 

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