Sustainability Report

1. Intro

Heal yourself. Heal the planet.


We respect nature and live in gratitude for the beauty around us.

From the organic ingredients we use to the sustainable farmers who supply us, we exist to raise the vibration of the earth and all humankind, through love and chocolate. 

2. Overview

We’re raising the (chocolate) bar.


We believe indulging responsibly and consciously can create global change for the better. 

When it comes to crafting some of the smoothest, most enjoyable artisanal vegan chocolate in the world, we only use the finest organic, plant-based and whole food ingredients, specifically chosen for their alchemical properties, health benefits and low environmental impact. 

When sourcing our raw ingredients, we prioritise socially responsible suppliers that care about quality and craft, pay their farmers fairly, respect the earth and have traceable supply chains.

These collaborations make it possible to make melt-in-your-mouth vegan chocolate that enriches the land and lives of everyone involved in its creation. 

Ultimately, our goal is to create a New World Order of high vibe health consciousness where we care for our planet as much as our people.

3. Ingredients

We will take you higher


The quality of our ingredients is vital in alchemising high vibrational products. We would never make anything that we wouldn’t want to eat ourselves – we’re fussy like that.

Our commitment to sustainability is a reflection of our reverence for the earth and all living beings. We use only the highest quality, organic ingredients, sourced from fair-trade and local suppliers, to create a chocolate experience that is not only delicious but also ethically and environmentally sound.

You will never find refined sugars, palm oil, artificial sweeteners, GMOs, emulsifiers, dairy or gluten in our products. Only a blend of delicious healing spices, probiotics, superfoods and tonics balanced with organic Peruvian cacao, to open minds, spirits and palates and fulfil chocolate’s promise as an expression of pure love.

Where possible, we source our ingredients locally. Our nuts are from local organic farmers from the Northern rivers if possible, (excluding cashews) ensuring they are super fresh. We pay more for this, but we believe it’s worth supporting our local communities, local economic development and helping to create jobs in the region.

Our coconut products are from Niu Life who give 100% of profits back to the villages, and buy every drop of organic coconut oil (that meet our strict quality standards) from the locals who make it. Nui life pays the farmers first — before they sell the oil so they can enjoy a better quality of life. 

4. Our Cacao

Peace, Love & Ethical Cacao


Loco Love enables a mindful chocolate eating experience that values the mystical spirit of cacao, elevating it to a pure and ethical indulgence. 

Our commitment to ethical sourcing drives us to source our cacao from small, fair-trade farms in Peru where farmers are paid fairly. We do not support any cacao that is grown in Africa due to the unethical labour practices common in the region. 

Loco Love's cacao supplier is a socially responsible company that proves that public-private alliances can generate a positive impact for the population, the environment and add value for the private sector that invests and is committed to the cultivation of cocoa in the Amazon. We’re proud to say they won the Asociación de Exportadores ADEX Sustainable Business Award.

We source raw, organic and fair-trade Criollo Cacao beans from fairly paid, small scale farmers in Peru, that use natural cultivation practices to protect the land and its stewards.

Whilst most mainstream cacao plantations rely on deforestation and heavy fertilisers to promote short-term profit over long-term sustainability, our cacao is sustainably grown without the use of pesticides, artificial fertiliser or GMOs.

In addition to being wild harvested — and thus having a relatively low environmental impact — the cacao is seasonally grown in small batches, sun dried and ground for potency and premium flavour, retaining all of its nutritional benefits.

Our commitment to the environment and continuous training for our producers in sustainable agriculture allows us to do an excellent job. We congratulate all the people who are part of our family. The end result is a deeply grounding, heart-opening tonic, that allows for the unification of mind, body, spirit, people and the planet.


5. Supplier 

Our Cacao Supplier


Our chocolate-making process creates a wave of positive outcomes for small scale, fairly treated farmers through economic and social empowerment.

We’ve partnered with a socially-responsible supplier that works with Alianza Cacao Peru, a public-private initiative supported by USAID, who are working to raise the productivity and quality of cocoa, and increase the income of more than 24,000 families dedicated to this crop in the San Martín, Huánuco, Pasco and Ucayali regions. These families abandoned the illicit cultivation of the coca leaf, to join legal value chains in the Amazon.

A collaborative work model jointly with private-sector cooperatives and businesses, our partnership with Alianza Cacao Peru creates;

  1. Environmental sustainability by promoting sustainable agriculture focusing on greater productivity in less space, to reduce pressure on the land. 
  2. Women’s economic empowerment by creating access to market opportunities for female entrepreneurs by facilitating learning spaces where women can develop their skills and capability.
  3. Access to different markets, facilitating commercial coordination between producers and buyers (like us) to create exclusive and high-value markets.
  4. Specialised processes to improve the quality of products grown
  5. Access to financing to encourage financing and access to credit for producers
  6. Promotion of agricultural technology to promote good practices in fertilising, pruning, soil management, pest integrated management and crop irrigation. 

Benefits to small farmers under this program also cover:

  1. Farmers of organic beans receive a better payment than conventional.
  2. No use of pesticides
  3. Keep the full traceability of the product: “from bean to bar”
  4. Direct relationship with farmers
  5. Child labour is not allowed
  6. Have environmental practices that reduce the risk of deforestation.
  7. They build infrastructure for the farmer’s communities
  8. They have events with the farmer’s children for special occasions
  9. They loan tools to the farmers that do not have their own
  10. Regular health support and programs from farmers and their families
  11. Technical support: they have technicians that are around the purchasing centres that visit farmers land to give them technical knowledge in the fields
  12. They grant zero interest loans to the farmers when they have expenses during the seed and crop
  13. Provide life insurance to farmers
  14. Have financial incentives

By signing long-term contracts and contributing to the local communities' infrastructure, our partners go well beyond industry standards to guarantee better wages, working conditions, farming practices, and a better world for all.


6. Planet - our impact

For the love of the land


We aim to leave as little trace as possible, every step of the way. Here are just some (of the many ways) we ensure our products are both healthy and environmentally sustainable.

Renewable Energy

Our chocolate is created in Byron Bay, Australia and therefore - every bar is handcrafted in small batches in our renewable energy-powered factory, reducing our carbon footprint.

In our current facility, we have elected to buy renewable energy from solar sources. In our new factory we will invest in solar panels to be more self-sufficient and invest in a greener future. 

Supply Chain 

We are committed to operating a sustainable supply chain to minimise our impact on the environment. From sowing seeds to extraction, our farmers care deeply about preserving the land and the future of our food systems. They value regenerative organic agriculture practices and wild-harvesting techniques, which are crucial to supporting the health of our climate.

Compostable Packaging

Compostable films are relatively under-used due to their newness and high costs compared to traditional packaging but they offer a great solution to food-contaminated recyclables ending up in landfills. Following are some examples of where we exercise compostable packaging.

Our new packaging is home compostable which does not leave a trace once composted, it is made from FSC certified plant-based materials that break down back to earth the same as an orange or an apple would. Our compostable wrappers are used within our twin boxes, and in 2023 we will be transitioning all of our wrappers to compostable.

The Nutters Box: our no-trace minimal impact box is certified FSC and GMO-FREE and contains 40% post-consumer recycled nut waste (hazelnut shells) and is produced with 100% green energy. The inserts are 100% home compostable.

Our newly released Utopia 10-stacks allow our customers to purchase larger quantities of product with less packaging. These are available exclusively online and are 100% home compostable.

For every tonne that is composted 1000KgCo2eq of greenhouse emissions are saved, 850 litres of fertilising digestate are created and 300KWh of electricity is potentially generated. It has not been easy (or cheap) to make this change but when we weighed up the facts it felt like the only way to move forward.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Our shipping boxes for large orders are made of foam, cardboard and metalized foil for insulation. This was in an effort to remove polystyrene foam boxes which are necessary to ship cold products from our processes. Our Foam boxes are high quality and can be re-used.  In the Summer months, we ship all of our online orders in these foam boxes to maintain quality. 

When it comes to our wholesalers re-stocking their shelves, they receive their refills packed in Cellophane instead of plastic which is biodegradable and compostable.

We up-cycle all cardboard from raw materials we receive on site by shredding it and using it for packing in our outgoing orders to customers. This amounts to approximately 50 boxes p/w and 2,500 boxes per year of up-cycled cardboard.

We utilise every part of our ingredients so that nothing goes to waste. When mistakes happen we occasionally end up with ‘seconds’ quality product which in the past we have donated to charity or use as testers at our tasting stands.


7. Our Community

Giving Back

 Every small act of kindness has the power to shape a more harmonious, compassionate and enriched society. We regularly give back to charities in Byron Bay — a place we love, cherish and are blessed to call home. By supporting local initiatives like Farmers Footprint, The Returning, Women Up North, and Fletcher Street Cottage, we hope to bridge some of the social, economic and political gaps in our community.


8. Our Future

A Never-Ending Journey


The driving force behind Loco Love since day one has always been to contribute to a better, more compassionate and enlightened world. 

As a company rooted in integrity and love, we strive to continue learning and innovating on how to better support the land we stand on, and its people. 

We are humbled to be able to handcraft fresh batches of artisan chocolate magic every day and hope to shift the paradigm of environmental impact in the food industry whilst setting new standards of sustainability and social good.

From our cacao-dipped hands, to yours, we hope you can feel the love.