It all started in Malaysian Borneo in the summer of 2017. While our founder, Willy, was working out there, he noticed something very odd: where was the rainforest? There were vast oil palm plantations and areas of cleared land, but no jungle. Considering Borneo is supposed to be one of the rainforest's last strongholds, this left him worried.
And it got worse. He visited the idyllic Perhentian Islands, only to find plastic everywhere. He spent his days grabbing white bags as they floated over the reef, and scooping up bottles from the beach. It was frankly quite disturbing.
When Willy got home, he was a changed man. He vowed to do something about it all. In 2019 he had his lightbulb moment while eating his favourite thing: chocolate! In order to avoid palm oil and plastic he had come across some fantastic artisan and ethical chocolatiers from across the UK. What if they could all be brought together into one place, devoid of palm oil and plastic, and be used for good?
Willy got in touch with TREE AID about his idea, and the rest is history. From that day forth, Kakaw pledged to donate 25% of our profits towards tree planting; to change the world through chocolate. We aim to become the UK's leading chocolate marketplace. Care to join us on our journey?