Are Your Favorite Luxuries Killing The Environment?

EMMA C | March 13, 2019

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In the self-care era, plenty of people have their chosen indulgences and ways of treating themselves. Enjoying a nice treat every now and then is great, but is it possible that your favorite way of spoiling yourself is actually hurting the environment? Here are a couple of common purchases people make, and the hidden impact they have (or don't have) on the environment. Who doesn't love chocolate? Chocolate desserts of all kinds are a popular go-to for treating yourself to something nice, but you might want to reconsider this sweet. Milk chocolate includes 10 to 20% cocoa solids including cocoa and cocoa butter, and dark chocolates can include even more. About 70% of cocoa consumed in America comes from West Africa, where its production and farming causes a variety of problems with deforestation in the region. This is without mentioning poor labor practices, shipping, and more.

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