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Introduction to Palm Oil

What is palm oil? It is a vegetable oil, like sunflower or rape-seed oil but deriving from the palm fruit. Palm oil is almost exclusively grown in the tropics, with the vast majority grown in Malaysia and Indonesia (85% of global production). One of the main attributes of palm oil is that it is semi-solid […]

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Alternative Chocolate Certification Schemes – Some to Consider Some to Ignore

Fairtrade – We have discussed in-depth in the previous post what Fairtrade measures and what the certification encompasses. Of course, Fairtrade is a viable option when considering which chocolate, you should buy. Buying a bar with the Fairtrade logo on is a good option, particularly if the alternative has no certification logo on it at […]


Dark Secrets of the Chocolate Industry

In the previous blogs, we talked about one of the more well-known green/ethical labels, Fairtrade, as well as seeing what it measures. In this blog, we talk about the problem at the heart of one of our favourite foods – chocolate. Chocolate or its raw material cocoa can only be grown in tropical countries and […]

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What does Fairtrade measure? Introduction Series Part 2

If you haven’t read part 1, read it here. What does Fairtrade Measure? The below graphs highlight the standards for small farmers’ organizations. What essentially the farmer/producer must meet to be certified as Fairtrade, and thereby qualify to sell their raw materials in the Fairtrade supply chain to buyers. As you can see the largest […]


What is Fairtrade? Introduction Series Part 1

What is Fairtrade? Introduction Series Within this blog, we will explore one of the more popular green labels that you see on certain food. We will look at the Fairtrade logo. We will explain what it is, show you what it measures in the 2nd blog of this series and finally in the 3rd explain […]

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What is Ethical Trade – Why I Created this Blog

There is a growing consensus, particularly among young people, that humans are damaging the environment beyond repair. For example, veganism in the UK has massively increased over the last few years (recent studies suggest a rise of 350% in the last 10 years), consumers are becoming more conscious behind their lifestyle choices and ethics is […]