Easter time is upon us, and and we would all love to enjoy days of endless sweet snacking without any guilt, right? Well, I can’t do much about your sugar or calorie intake, but I can try to help you find ethical and sustainable choices for your Easter holiday. So let’s start there!
When it comes to chocolate, Fairtrade certified is best. Always. You wanna know that to the best of your ability, you are supporting the people who work hard to produce it, instead of exploiting them. Look out for the little Fairtrade logo so you know that what you’re buying is good stuff. Also important is no freakin’ palm oil. Palm oil is awful for the planet and is responsible for the destruction of animal habitats across Indonesia and Malaysia. Remember when Cadbury tried to sneak it into their recipe back in 2009? Fools!
The foil packaging commonly found on Easter eggs is a bit rubbish (geddit?). It’s only recyclable if it is clean, in tact, and in larger quantities. Even then, a lot of recycling plants don’t have the facilities to process it, and it ends up in landfill. Saaaaad. It’s estimated that in the UK alone, 3000 tonnes of packaging is made each year, just for Easter eggs! Do your best to find chocolate goodies with as little packaging as possible. Trade Aid have introduced compostable packaging, which is rather impressive and will hopefully be adopted by other companies in the future.
For those that are this way inclined, there are plenty of vegan Easter treats, too. A lot of dark chocolate is vegan, you just have to read the ol’ ingredients list to make sure that it is just cocoa in there and not milk chocolate. The Cruelty Free Shop actually have quite a few options for vegan deliciousness, so it’s worth a look if you are interested.
So keeping all of the above in mind, figure out which of these things are important to you and peruse the little list below. Hopefully something takes your fancy.
- Trade Aid (Fairtrade, organic, smart packaging)
- Green & Black’s (organic, Fairtrade)
- Pana Chocolate (vegan, organic, Fairtrade)
- Bella Chocolate (handmade in NZ, vegan options)
- The Wellington Chocolate Factory (organic, Fairtrade)
- Whittaker’s and Cadbury also have Fairtrade certified products in their ranges
Be sure to let us know if you have something to contribute to this topic, we love hearing from you! Hope everyone has a lovely long weekend 🙂
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