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Sustainability

Our mission

Our mission is to make the best and most extraordinary fair chocolate in the Netherlands with the least possible impact on the environment. We involve the community and support initiatives that reduce environmental impact or provide opportunities for people for whom opportunities are not always obvious. With this we want to set an example for other chocolatier and bakeries.

We are very much focused on reducing our ecological footprint through our choices in ingredients, production, packaging and transportation. Therefore, we set high standards for the ingredients and packaging we use, and we only work with suppliers we trust.

Chocolate

Our cocoa comes mainly from Ghana and Ivory Coast. From these countries it is shipped to Antwerp, where it is made into sem-finished chocolate . Through the purchasing organization, we are members of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation. They strive for improved conditions for cocoa farmers. Because we are aware of the challenges in the cocoa industry, we are currently also looking to source cocoa directly from local cocoa producers.

Ingredients

All of our ingredients have a story. We are striving to use as many local and organic ingredients as possible. For example, our honey comes from Imkerij de Traay, our milk from Zuivelrijck, our organic hazelnuts from Piemonte and our strawberries from de Westlandse Aardbei.  In the meantime we are introducing more and more chocolate products without animal ingredients. See also our vegan category.

Packaging

For our packaging, we use recycled paper and cardboard as much as possible. We try to minimize the use of plastic. When using plastic, we make sure it is bioplastic.
The wood of our boxes is sustainable ISPM 15 certified wood which comes from landscaped forests in Scandinavia. For every tree used, four new ones are planted. The shipping webshop orders is done as efficiently as possible (with as little packaging as possible) to minimize the carbon footprint.

Food Waste

We minimize food waste by maintaining small stocks of fresh produce. In the addition, seasonal solid chocolate is remelted to reduce waste.

Energy

To use as much renewable energy as possible in our production process, we have installed 73 solar panels with a capacity of 29,000 watt peak on the roof of our production facility in Schiedam. When the sun shines, this is more than we can consume.