Don’t Be An Egg – Ethical Easter Tips

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!

Fairtrade-logoWhen 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.

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 🙂

-Blick


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3 thoughts on “Don’t Be An Egg – Ethical Easter Tips

  1. pawtheloveofearth says:

    Thanks for posting your ethical tips, we had this idea too – https://pawtheloveofearth.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/easter-ideas/

    For those after traditional eggs, but an environmentally (planet and people) friendly option, we thoroughly recommend this ethical shopping guide http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buyersguides/food/eastereggs.aspx
    it has a fantastic breakdown and assesses many ethical criteria for a lot of big brands.

    Out of interest, how far do you feel we can trust ‘fair trade’ certification as an indication of a product being ethical? The mark has been subject to a lot of controversy in recent years as consumer awareness and fairtrade market share increase.

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    • UseGoodStuff says:

      Thanks so much for your comment! I do understand the controversy around the fair trade certification and certainly don’t see it as the perfect system. I support it over non-certified products, because at the very least, it is the minimum standard by which we should consume products. That is, from what I understand, the growers and producers involved in the fair trade certification programme are paid a minimum price for what they sell. I would prefer to buy products that have this certification, than buy something that has no standard of assurance for the growers. Hopefully that makes sense! – Blick

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      • pawtheloveofearth says:

        Yes it makes good sense, and of course we agree that some assurance is better than none. Our research has suggested fair trade is fairer for some industries than others and that really it seems to only be a useful measure for ‘broad stroke’ assessments of goods, which we feel is a great shame.

        We actually plan to write an article on the subject of ethical consumerism this coming week, and would love it if you’d drop by and have a read; perhaps we’ll be able to continue this discussion

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