By James  ·  11th January 2020  ·  The World of Chocolate

Sadly, the holiday season is well and truly over.  We are now into the first month of 2020, which is all about making, and trying to stick with, our new year resolutions. Cutting back. Eating healthier. Saving the planet. And Veganuary is an intriguing new twist on this.

Agriculture counts for 15-20% of global CO2 emissions (fossil fuels are over 70%). And within agriculture meat is clearly one of the biggest contributors, with the likes of methane-belching cattle and artificial fertiliser-infused factory farms. So going vegan is an interesting environmental initiative.

Going vegan with craft chocolate is simple. Our dark chocolate bars are a great first choice, as most of them don’t contain anything other than cocoa beans, sugar, and cocoa butter (which has nothing to do with butter – it’s simply the natural fat of the cocoa bean). Unlike mass-produced “dark” chocolate, which can use whey powder (a by-product of cheese) as a bulking agent, all craft dark chocolate is vegan.

More than this, we have a bunch of makers who produce vegan milk (or “myllk”) and white chocolate by using coconut milk instead of dairy. See these two fantastic bars from Forever Cacao and Solkiki.

Another way to help save the planet is to avoid food waste (an astonishing one third of all food produced goes to waste).  Last year, we introduced “lucky dip” boxes, which contain short-dated bars to help reduce our food waste and offer our members a chance to purchase some great value craft bars.

One final fact about the environment.  A regular chocolate bar requires over 1500 litres of water to grow and produce.  By contrast, a bath is 70-85 litres, and most showers 30-45 litres.  Cocoa, when grown in rainforests, regenerates and recycles much of the 1000+ litres of water it requires.  But when cocoa is grown at the expense of the rainforest, as is sadly all too often the case with mass-produced chocolate, cocoa’s need for water places even more stress on available water supplies. So if you are using January to think about the environment, water provides another reason to choose craft chocolate.