Alter Eco's Organic Velvet Truffles are sinfully sweet and available today at the Earth911 store.

Can chocolate change the world? I mean yes, oh my goodness, YES. The answer is obvious, right? Any sane adult knows that a good piece of chocolate can turn a bad day good, make a long flight bearable, and add just the right touch of sweetness to an after-dinner coffee.

But, what if  “change the world” meant truly changing the world? What if a company decided that not only would they transform the taste experience of devoted foodies, but also improve growing conditions for farmers, and commit to leaving the world a better place?

Meet Alter Eco Foods. This innovative company is the lovechild of four passionate individuals, Tristan Lecomte, Mathieu Senard, Edouard Rollet, and Ilse Keijzer. These four co-founders were trained in business and worked at both NGO’s and profit-driven corporations before turning their sights to revolutionizing food production. Their product line has grown to include chocolate, rice, quinoa, sugar, and truffles. While they were committed to taking on the production of popular food products, they also knew they wanted to do things differently and reinvent the way the world did business.  In addition to compostable packaging and with a commitment to zero impact, Alter Eco has developed the world’s first decomposting truffle wrapper.

Melty, silky goodness

Alter Eco's Organic Velvet Truffles are sinfully sweet and available today at the Earth911 store.
An alter ego worth dealing with. Alter Eco’s Organic Velvet Truffles are sinfully sweet and available today at the Earth911 store.

The Alter Eco approach begins by building relationships with small-scale farmers. Rather than hoping to get the goods at the lowest cost and squeezing each stage of the supply chain for maximum profit, Alter Eco assists their farmers in setting up Fair Trade and Organic practices, which in turn helps the farms grow great quality food while also increasing the quality of life for those trying to make a living. Now that’s pretty sweet!

One of the results of this uniquely collaborative and nourishing approach is Alter Eco’s truffles, specifically their Organic Velvet Truffles, which are available for $57 per 60-count case in the Earth911 store.

This sinfully-sweet treat is made from the best ingredients, sourced sustainably; rich Amazonian cacao is blended with organic coconut oil to form melt-in-your mouth truffles you can eat with a clear conscience. In addition to compostable packaging and with a commitment to zero impact, Alter Eco has developed the world’s first decomposting truffle wrapper.

It’s the perfect way to savor the results of hard work, dedication to sustainability and a die-hard commitment to sinfully good chocolate with a cause.

By Madeleine Somerville

Madeleine Somerville is the author of All You Need Is Less: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity. She is a writer, wannabe hippie and lover of soft cheeses. She lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her daughter. You can also find Madeleine at her blog, Sweet Madeleine.