Planet Cocoa - Ethical Made Easy
Planet Cocoa

Location

Australia

Price

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Values

  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Made Locally Made Locally
  • Minimal Waste Minimal Waste
  • Repurpose Repurpose
  • Vegan Vegan
There aren’t too many things in this world that are better than chocolate. Sure, we love ethical fashion, but chocolate has to be up there with one of life’s greatest pleasures. It’s a big call, but we reckon you probably agree, given that Australians alone consume between $1.3-$3billion worth of chocolate a year! But you know what makes chocolate even sweeter? When its ethically-sourced and produced like the kind you find at Planet Cocoa.
Much like coffee and cotton, chocolate production often relies on crops that are grown in third world countries, which results in the exploitation of farmers and workers. This report by World Vision explains that much of the world’s cocoa is harvested in West Africa using some of the worst forms of child labour, child trafficking and other forms of labour exploitation.
Planet Cocoa wants to change this, which is why they only work with suppliers who are dedicated to sourcing and purchasing to the highest ethical standards, ranging from environmental issues to human rights. Some of these principles include:
  • Fighting against any corruption including bribery, extortion, preventing and eliminating any child exploitation/forced labour in plantations in accordance to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Guarantee fair financial treatment, reduce risk of mutual dependence, ensuring all workers are paid equal or above minimum wage
  • Management of resources such as water, energy consumption and carbon emissions to ensure resources are being used efficiently and sustainably
  • Dedicated to creating long-term relationships that are reciprocal, supporting men and women in their entrepreneurial cocoa projects
  • Fighting against deforestation and preserving natural High Conservation Value Areas and High Carbon Stock forests
The 64% dark chocolate that Planet Cocoa uses in their espresso caramel and coconut blocks (excuse us while we wipe the drool from our chin) contains Vietnamese sourced cacao from Vietcacao. This organisation works closely with planter families in the Mekong Delta, employs disabled youth and facilitates connections between planters to aid the development of the Vietnamese cacao bean industry.
But it’s not just the cocoa that makes Planet Cocoa the better choice. They have chosen to produce vegan chocolate as they believe milk isn’t necessary in creating a delicious product, which, after sampling it, we have to agree with. They also use Australian products and organic ingredients where they can, including freeze dried fruits from Tasmania, nuts and sugar from Queensland, and direct traded coffee beans roasted in Melbourne from Tanzania. Plus the coconut sourced for Planet Cocoa chocolate is sustainable, monkey-friendly and supports remote communities in the Solomon Islands.
Last but not least, Planet Cocoa ensures sustainable delivery of their chocolates by using Sendle as their shipping service and eco-friendly packaging. Now that’s a sweet package!
Just when we thought chocolate couldn’t get any better, Planet Cocoa comes along and changes our minds in the best way possible. Now the only guilt we’ll feel when eating a whole block of chocolate is that we didn’t share it with anyone else (but really, who needs to know?)

Want to know where Planet Cocoa sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Want to know more about the founder’s journey?

Read our interview. 

When life handed her lemons, Jeanette Macko of Planet Cocoa made chocolate.
“I chose to be mindful with the ingredients I use in hope it sparks awareness with consumers, much like our eco-friendly packaging. We hope it's a small drop in a ripple effect”.

Jeanette Macko

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