Friday, April 15, 2011
With Earth Day coming up on April 22, people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints and help support the environment. Here are three easy and effective tips from chocolatier Green & Black’s:
* Save Water: Skip pre-washing dishes before putting them in the dishwasher – which could save up to 12.5 gallons of water a week. Skip the head-dry cycle and air-dry dishes.
* Reduce Waste: Opt for a faucet or pitcher water filter rather than buying bottled water – which could keep thousands of water bottles out of landfills and save $600 a year per household.
* Save Energy: Wash laundry in cold water – which could save up to 80% of the energy used per load. Skip the dryer and opt to hang-drying laundry.
Another great way to celebrate Earth Day is by popping a square of Green & Black's Organic Fair Trade Certified Chocolate into your mouth! They use organic ingredients and are fair trade certified, so you can indulge in their treats knowing that they've been good to the earth and to mankind.
Here's more information about Green & Black’s Organic Fair Trade Certified Chocolate:
* Green & Black’s, using only the finest organically-grown cocoa beans, believes that every step from bean to bar is equally important and strives to ensure that all ingredients are grown in ways that are consciously respectful of the planet – including maintaining a sustainable relationship working directly with cocoa farmers.
* Green & Black's is a Fair Trade Certified brand dedicated to empowering its cocoa growing partners to establish sustainable livelihoods and communities. Farmers receive a guaranteed minimum for their ingredients, along with an additional premium to invest in the social, environmental and economic development of their countries.
Green & Black was kind enough to send us some samples of their wonderful chocolate. We received a bar of their milk chocolate with almond, dark (70%) and white chocolate. The almond bar was easily the best one, with a smooth chocolate taste that wasn't too milky. Being a dark chocolate family, you'd think we'd have preferred the 70% bar -- but while the taste was excellent, we all thought the texture was too brittle and not as creamy as our regular 75% dark chocolate bar.
The big surprise was the white chocolate -- we don't usually like white "chocolate" , but it disappeared just as fast as the first two bars! I loved seeing the little dark flecks of vanilla bean scattered throughout; it made it seem less like a bar of milk, sugar and butter, and more like a confection worth the calories.
Green & Black also makes several other varieties; all of them look wonderfully indulgent, with such sophisticated flavors (Ginger or Dark Chocolate Cherry, anyone?) and packaging that merely holding a bar in your hand makes you look like a discerning chocolate connoisseur. I've tried their Milk Chocolate Toffee, and it's as yummy as it sounds! I would also love to try their Mint and Maya Gold flavors. What a sweet way to save the earth!
Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate my review, but have not been paid to review the product or give my opinions. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.