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Eco-friendly Valentine's Day

With Valentines’ Day around the corner, why not make yours an eco-friendly day? Here are some ideas to impress your partner from dawn till dusk!

Breakfast in bed. Nothing like waking up to a cup of freshly brewed organic coffee and a kiss, followed by a full English Breakfast, using free-range bacon and eggs fresh from the farm, some freshly baked sourdough bread and some organic tomatoes.

Valentine’s gift. Surprising your partner with a gift is always a winner on Valentine’s Day, but instead of buying freshly cut flowers, why not buy a potted plant, or plant a tree? Or why not order an ethical gift box to be delivered to your partner at work?

Relax. After work, why not set the scene with some natural candles and treat your loved one to a relaxing massage using some lovely essential oils and natural skincare products?

Eat in. While your partner is still on cloud nine after their massage pour them a glass of organic/vegan sparkling wine whilst you get cooking! Spoil them with only the best organic vegetables, free-range meat or prepare a vegan feast!

Pop the question? Now is the time to pop the Big Question with a beautiful ethically sourced ring or just show your love with a stunning reclaimed silver bracelet.

Snuggle up. Watch a romantic movie together and tuck into some organic or Fairtrade chocolates to finish off a perfect day!

 

To find your local, ethical, planet-friendly businesses, search the Livewell Directory

Arabel Lebrusan Jewellery

I did it! I’m Designer of the Year 2017 and what a nice surprise to finish this year.

“I am so happy to have won last night the Designer of the Year 2017 Award from the National Association of Jewellers. It feels great to be recognised for my design expertise but it is also very special that an ethical jeweller with a social mission like mine (and still making exquisite pieces of jewellery) has totally rocked this!”

It’s Friday night, and I should be out celebrating this achievement, but unfortunately, my little boy has chickenpox and it’s time to stay in. So, why not celebrate it with you instead. You, that customer that is always loyal and has managed to compile a small Arabel Lebrusan collection. You, that journalist that has followed me since the beginning and is thinking, finally she did it, well deserved! You, my dear friend, who has listened to my broken record of why ethics in jewellery matter so much. And you, my fab designer friend, who is probably a bit jealous tonight, but is totally happy that it was me and not an unknown name.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL FOR THE LOVE AND CONSTANT SUPPORT ❤

AND WHAT A FANTASTIC WAY TO END THE YEAR!

But wait, who doesn’t yet have all their Christmas presents? Now you can have a beautiful Christmas present from “The Designer of the Year!

Find out more about Arabel Lebrusan Fairtrade Certified Jewellery

 

Wahoo! It’s our eleventh birthday! We’ve come a long way baby…

It all began with a few innocent experiments in the kitchen.

Having discovered the potential breadth of the raw food diet, Linus, our founder and guiding chocolate Jedi-master, decided to explore just what was possible with raw cacao.

Inevitably there were a number of disasters before Linus found the path to true cacao wisdom, but with time, patience, and perseverance he slowly mastered the art. At which point he felt it was time to share his scrumptious creations with friends and family.

The response was overwhelming – the chocolate wasn’t just quite tasty, it was delicious, and people went wild for it.

Linus thought he might well be on to something.

That was when the serious experiments started: early starts, late finishes… Linus evolved into something of a mad scientist, but when he emerged from his chocolate laboratory he had the recipe for his chocolates and a shining glint in his eye.

That shining glint was what quickly became the Raw Chocolate Company. Founded in 2006, in a kitchen in Brighton, the Raw Chocolate Company now has numerous awards and is available across Europe and beyond! We now have our own purpose-built factory (our fourth in total), snug in the Sussex hills.

We have three product ranges: award winning Raw Chocolate Bars, Raw Chocolate Snacks and the Make Your Own range, which includes ingredients to make awesome smoothies, puddings, chocolate, shakes and more.

We don’t use any nasties in our chocolate, it’s all pure. Our Pitch Dark bar has just three ingredients: cacao, cacao butter and coconut sugar.

Our chocolate is:

  • Fairtrade
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Organic
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Additive free
  • Raw
  • Powered by Ecotricity
  • Unicorn friendly

We want to make chocolate that is as pure as possible. To that end, we do our best to source sun-dried and minimally heated cacao rather than roasted. Our cacao butter is cold pressed and our cacao powder is not chemically treated. We use coconut blossom sugar – rather than refined cane/beet sugar – with its extra nutrients and lower environmental impact. Overall, we’re trying to make a great tasting, luxurious chocolate treat, that makes you feel good, and is good for the growers and good for the environment too.

A few years ago, we were invited to pitch on Dragons’ Den. So off we popped to tame the dragons…they all loved it! In fact, Peter Jones said, “This is the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted in ten years of doing Dragons’ Den”. Deborah Meadon invested on the show, but after many, many, many meetings and discussions we decided to walk our separate paths.

We’ve won 6 Great Taste Gold Stars, been heralded as one of the most ‘disruptive’ companies in the UK (apparently this is a good thing) and have become a favourite of foodies, athletes, bloggers, vegans, chefs and chocoholics across Europe and beyond.

What’s next? We’re constantly working on new recipes and combinations and we’ll be releasing some later this year. We’re always looking for ideas and inspiration, so let us know if you discover something awesome!

We’re also looking to take the final steps to reducing our environmental impact – completely compostable and biodegradable packaging. This will be phased in over the next 24 months.

Keep up to date with all our goings on, offer codes, competitions and recipes – sign up to our mailing list.

We’ll send you a 15% off code for your first order when you complete the signup process!

Thanks for joining us on our journey!

Read more about us on The Raw Chocolate Company website.