Since Halloween is around the corner, I thought I'd share a little research on candy companies and their effects on the environment. Halloween Candy is big business, over $6 billion in sales annually in the United States alone!
The Better World organization researches and grades companies on their overall social responsibility to our planet.
Their grading system is based on years of research and accumulated from multiple sources. Here's a summary of the meaning of their grades.
A = feel the company offers environmentally and socially responsible options for their customers.
B = companies making significant progress in turning toward more people/planet friendly behaviors.
C = feel these companies have mixed environmental and/or social responsibility records.
D = strong evidence that the company is involved in practices that have significantly negative consequences for humanity and the environment.
F = companies engage in some of the most degrading environmental and social conditions and practices.
So, where does your favorite candy rank?
Pure Fun Organic
College Farm Organic
Good & Plenty
Mike & Ike
I try to vote with my dollars and only purchase from companies that have a C grade or better. I was disappointed to learn my favorite Snickers & Twix were graded a D, but happy Haribo was graded a B. I LOVE Haribo gummy bears! :)
You can also promote a healthy Halloween by giving out alternatives to candy like pencils, stickers, party favors, temporary tattoos, or trading cards. We give out both since we don't have a large budget for Halloween.
The Wooden Bee
inspired to recycle wood (and vote with my dollars)