It’s July and in Britain we are in the middle of a sweltering heat wave. Months of performing sun dances have finally paid off and the temperatures are rising. What could be a better treat in the heat than some lovely certified ice cream?
The first step in taking a stand against human trafficking is changing your buying habits. We’ve already had a series on Ethical Consumerism on this blog, which you can find here if you missed it or want to refresh your memory. As you may already know we at STOP THE TRAFFIK are committed to demanding that chocolate companies meet the criteria for the six steps that we believe are necessary to bring about the end of child-trafficking in the cocoa industry.
One of the key steps is certification. We believe that when you buy any product, you endorse it and all that went into its production. This doesn’t just apply to chocolate. When buying food products such as cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bananas and sugar look for certification labels such as Fairtrade, UTZ certified and Rainforest Alliance. These are the marks of credible, independent standards bodies that show the working conditions meet their requirements and are also a key step in eradicating trafficking in the food industry.
So what significance does this have on my favourite ice cream I hear you cry? Well many of the products listed above are key ingredients in the making of ice cream. Thousands of children as young as ten are trafficked to the Cote D’Ivoire to pick and harvest cocoa beans. Children as young as 8 years old have been linked to vanilla production and forced labour is sadly also prominent in sugar production. Unfortunately, the ice cream industry appears to be lacking in the range of certified products that are on offer.
But there is still hope for ice cream lovers!
- Ben and Jerry’s have predominantly Fairtrade certified ice creams in a range of flavours.
- Magnum have recently become Rainforest Alliance certified as well.
- Some supermarkets, such as Waitrose have a Fairtrade certified own-brand ice creams so it is worth popping into your local store to browse the aisles.
Are there any that we’ve missed? Comment below and let us know!
Or how about you make your own?
I think the best way to ensure that your ice cream is made using certified and ethically-sourced products is by making your own. For example this recipe for vanilla ice cream is beautifully simple. By choosing Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ certified ingredients you can make your own at home and I’m sure it will taste 100% better- homemade and traffik-free!
When staying cool this summer, the sourcing of your favourite ice cream may be the last thing on your mind. But when buying or making an ice cream treat make sure you look for certified products to ensure your frozen treat won’t leave you with a bitter taste.
What is your favourite certified ice cream? Comment below or on our Facebook page to let us know!