Sustainability is important to us here at Exclusive Scoop as it should be to everyone. As such we never only ever use sustanable, biodegradable or compostable- cups, tubs, forks, spoons and straws. There is no such thing as 'disposables'.
Exclusive Scoop uses as little plastic as possible, and will never package goods for sale in anything that is not recyclable, biodegradable or reusable.
Now to the plant based meat substituted of the issue- dairy itself.
Dairy is not sustainable 8 billion people can't all eat ice-cream as much as I'd like to feed it to them. As such I do my best to provide a wide range of dairy free alternatives. Whilst sourcing all my dairy from free range sources.
This opened up more cans of worms than I ever thought possible now it seems most dairy alternatives are riddled with problems themselves.
Almond milk- uses an vast amount of water to grow the almonds as well as being devastating to the bee populations that are used to polinate them strictly making almonds non vegan.
Coconut milk- comes half way across the world and has a large CO2 footprint.
Soyabean crops need large amounts of acid-neutralising lime, as well as synthetic fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides all of which create quite the environmental hazard. Not to mention the deforestation that takes place to make room for crops.
The more I've researched milk substitutes the more its become apparent that there is no one right answer, if we all start using one alternative then we create to much demand for that resource which almost always leads to issues in its supply.
I have taken the decision to use oat milk for the base to most of my vegan ice creams they are a low impact crop and can be grown in the UK, which not only cuts down the CO2 in the supply chain but ensures that deforestation and slave labour is left out of their production.
Chocolate and cocoa is an industry that has been tarred with a lack of proper tracability. The production of these crops is rife with child and slave labour.
A lack of traceability in the chain of chocolate supply means that the child and slave labour that is often used in the harvesting and production of crops is present throughout many name brands.
Not ensuring traceability is a way of turning a blind eye to these atrocities. As the use of child/slave labour in this industry is so endemic any product that does not have %100 traceability almost certainly has child labour utilised at some point. For me claiming that they do not know where their raw materials come from is not good enough. It is known that this type of labour is used in the production of chocolate and as such it is known that the likelihood is that they are supporting slavery.
Ignorance is no excuse.
I use only Callebaut Belgian chocolate as it is not only a quality product but it has achieved %100 traceability in Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana the two largest cocoa producing countries.