Category Archives: Sustainability and Climate Change

Life Below Water Part 2 – Ocean Acidification and Warming

Ocean acidification is often referred to as the evil twin of Climate change. But what is it, why should we worry, and what can we do about it? Nature has a natural buffer for the excess hydrogen ions in terms of Carbonate buffering. Carbonate ions enter sea water through the natural weathering of rocks such […]

Life Below Water Part 1 – Plastic Pollution

Sustainable Development GoalsCover

United Nations Sustainability goal 14 looks at life below the water (1). The UN goals says… As much as 8 million tonnes of plastic is entering the oceans every year. That’s a rubbish truck a minute dumped into the ocean somewhere in the world. The micro-plastics overlap with the food prey of many marine animals, […]

What is Sustainability?

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. – Naturalist Sir David Attenborough speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored […]

Future Climate Change in Madagascar – how gender equality can help

Akany Avoko Faravohitra

Chocolat Madagascar is one of our key suppliers of chocolate. Grown in the North-West of the island in the Sambirano valley region Madagascan Cacao is renowned for its fine fruity flavour notes and has won many International awards. Whilst many small artisans source beans direct from farmers in this region, we prefer the Raisetrade (1) […]

Sustainable Colombian Chocolate

Sustainable Colombian Chocolate

I was delighted to meet Sergio Restrepo of Casa Luker chocolate at the London Chocolate Forum last week. Casa Luker supply us with their wonderful dark chocolate, which together with Chocolat Madagscar forms the cornerstone upon which our dark chocolates are made. Like Chocolat Madagscar Casa Luker make all of their chocolate in Colombia keeping […]

Friends from Chocolat Madagascar visit Lick the Spoon

Nicolas and Neil of Chocolat Madagascar visit Lick the Spoon

We were delighted yesterday to host our friends from Chocolat Madagascar – Nicolas Randrianarimalala, export manager of Chocolat Madagscar and Neil Kelsall founder of Raisetrade. In 2016 Nicolas and Neil hosted us in Madagscar taking us on a wonderful journey from the Cocoa plantation in the North-West Sambirano valley through to the Robert factory in the […]

Plastic Free Packaging – Summer Update

Botanical Collection Group

The damaged caused to the oceans and our environment by single use plastic packaging is finally big news after the wonderful series Blue Planet II. We have been fortunate to visit cocoa plantations on the wonderful island of Madagascar and the Carribean Island of Grenada. Connecting with the farmers and producers made us realise what […]