Easter eggs and the status quo
Going Green at Easter
Easters feels like it has been on its way for some time. From memory, we spotted Easter eggs on sale just after New Year in January – a bit egg-streme (the last pun, we promise).
So, how can we all get a little greener this Easter?
An estimated 80 million chocolate Easter eggs are sold annually in the UK. Like other occasions, ranging from Halloween to Christmas, Easter can be a time of excess and waste. The first option then is to reduce how much we buy, or to skip the chocolate all together this year (“madness”, we here you cry…)
And, it goes without saying, if you can avoid all of the gimmicks at Easter time, from fancy dress kids will wear once to baskets, bonnets and toys.
While some of the leading brands have recently re-thought their packaging, including seeking to reduce or eliminate their use of plastic, as we always say at Plastic Free Home, what’s on the inside counts too.
Don’t forget to look at the company making the product and it’s ethical and sustainability credentials, the ingredients used and the supply chain involved. As a general rule of thumb, is something seems comparatively cheap, somebody is being squeezed somewhere along the line.
When buying Easter eggs, look at whether a product is Fairtrade (or similarly accredited), to help ensure that the chocolate has been ethically grown and sourced, with workers’ rights and pay better protected as part of the supply chain.
You may also want to consider whether your Easter eggs are organic, vegan, dairy free or palm oil free, depending on your personal preferences, and of course, plastic free.
Our top 10 eco-friendly Easter eggs
|Brand||Fairtrade (or similar)||Organic||Vegan||Plastic free||Palm Oil Free|
|Hip Oat Milk||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|The Real Easter Egg||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Happi Oat Milk||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Have an egg-stra special Easter… Oops.
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