“I promise I’m not trying to make everyone feel guilty about everything they buy, but i think it’s important to know the origins of the products we consume,” a blogger by the name of Constance writes apologetically in her blog after receiving an e-mail from Not for Sale.
The e-mail read, in part:
Did you know…. 70% of the world’s chocolate is produced in West Africa, where an estimated 12,000 children are currently in slavery. That’s right, over two-thirds of all of the chocolate we consume every day. Without a screening process that ensures child and/or forced labor was not used, we have no guarantee that the chocolate we buy is not promoting modern slavery. So, what can you do?
With Valentine’s day around the corner, this is a good opportunity to discuss options:
Equal Exchange offers tea, coffee, chocolate and other snacks.
Theo offers chocolate, confections, coffee–with vegan options.
For the hardcore dark chocolate lovers, TCHO offers a variety of Valentine-focused gifts and samplers of their painstakingly made fair-trade chocolate.
Last but not least, Made by Survivors is a store run by The Emancipation Network that sells products made by survivors of slavery, the proceeds of which go to helping the organization continue to free those who still live in slavery.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Buy Fair.