Green chocolates

Why not give your eco-conscious sweetheart green chocolates (they could be the minty ones although not necessarily) that not only taste good but also lower carbon dioxide emissions during its lifecycle?

Premium chocolate producer Lindt says they are now helping producing renewable power with the help of New Hampshire’s largest electric utility company PSNH by using Lindt’s waste cocoa bean shells as energy feedstock. Lindt will now deliver the shells to PSNH’s Schiller Station power plant in Portsmouth to be used as a supplementary fuel source.

“Lindt controls every aspect of the chocolate making process, from the choice of cocoa beans to the finished product,” said Thomas Linemayr, chief executive officer and president, Lindt USA. “Our partnership with PSNH provides us with an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint by disposing of a byproduct in a responsible manner.”

Not only will it help produce renewable energy, it also solves Lindt’s waste problem. Lindt says the cocoa bean shell concept was first tested in March 2009. PSHN says, every ton of the cocoa bean shells used will displace the need to burn one half-ton of coal.

Now if only every cocoa bean shells in the world are being used this way, that will really make a big sweet impact!

In another chocolate news, bioplastic producer Innovia Films has been selected by Dutch company Amigos International for Innovia’s compostable and biodegradable plastic NatureFlex NK. Amigos International plans to use NatureFlex to package its Fair Trade organic chocolate from Ecuador under the brand name Ananda.

Innovia says its NatureFlex NK has the best moisture barrier of any biopolymer film currently available and it has the capability to increase shelf life of a product. The films, which are based on wood pulp and are said to have biobased content of around 95% by weight, are certified to meet both the European EN13432 and American ASTM D6400 standards for compostable packaging.

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