ALTER ECO CHOCOLATE
Alter Eco® is a chocolate-centric, sustainability-directed food company that takes healthy indulgence to an entirely new level. Made for conscious foodies seeking special food experiences, Alter Eco is creating a new category of enlightened indulgences. All of their products are made with next-level ingredients; they offer a full portfolio of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate bars and blissfully delicious truffles. All Alter Eco products are USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, and Certified Gluten-Free, with vegan options available. Alter Eco is also a certified B-corp.
Alter Eco operates on four pillars: sourcing using Fair Trade principles, producing foods made with only high-quality ingredients, creating minimal waste by working towards 100 percent compostable packaging and in-setting carbon emissions by means of large-scale reforestation programs in the cooperatives that produce its crops. As part of its effort to become a carbon negative company, Alter Eco works in tandem with PUR Projet to plant trees and offset the amount of CO2 produced. Alter Eco sequestered 3,964 tons of carbon dioxide in 2019 – 16,295 tons of CO2 to date – that was offset via a combination of agroforestry, tree planting and rainforest conservation projects.
Alter Eco’s goal is to reinvent farm-to-market agricultural practices, sourcing dynamic agroforestry-grown ingredients from small-scale farmers. To do this, Alter Eco is pioneering a new, next-generation approach to agroforestry called dynamic agroforestry, which positively impacts people and the planet in a more widespread way than general agroforestry practices. Building on the work of Alter Eco’s cocoa partner cooperative Unocace, Alter Eco launched The Alter Eco Foundation in October 2020. Over the next five years, the Alter Eco Foundation will help to transition 1,000 cocoa farmers to the dynamic agroforestry model.
The ultimate goal of the Foundation is to spread the agroforestry model to farms outside of Alter Eco co-ops, in order to help mitigate climate change while improving the livelihoods of farmers across the entire cacao supply chain.