Do you know that some Easter Eggs contain up to 80% packaging and only 20% egg?! A great starting point this Easter is to look for 'less-packaged' eggs, particularly plastic-free ones. There are lots of options and it's just about being conscious...progress, not perfection.
Great news...the foil off your Easter Eggs CAN be recycled! (Not Chch or Tga sorry☹)'Ball it up', the bigger the ball the better, as it's less likely to get lost in recycling machinery.
How about choosing quality over quantity? Is Easter for your family going to be about tonnes of cheap chocolate, plastic and packaging? Or could it be about a few truly delicious special treats?
Lookout for the little FAIRTRADE logo. Fair Trade products support farmers and workers as they work to improve their livelihoods and provide better support to their communities.
Keep an eye out for PALM OIL FREE 'because the clearing of rainforests in Sth East Asia for palm oil production poses a huge threat to the Sumatran tiger, orangutan, Asian rhino, Asian elephant, among other animals.' (@thecoastalcabin). As there is no legal requirement for palm oil to be labelled on product packaging in NZ, this can be a challenge. Head to the Hamilton Zoo 'Palm Oil Free Easter Treat Guide' (link in bio). .
If you can, support LOCAL.
Here are a few Easter GOODies to check out...
Trade Aid Chocolate Bars: Fairtrade, Organic, NZ-made, yummy and the wrappers are HOME COMPOSTABLE! Ok, so they are not egg-shaped, but the gorgeous packaging features funky artwork so they look great!
The Whittakers Kiwi-Palm-Oil free, made in NZ, available in milk or dark chocolate, foil-only wrapping and 20c from each sale goes to a charity supporting the survival of the Kiwi.
The Wellington Chocolate Factory Egg - 4 flavours, Fair Trade, organic ingredients where poss.
GoodFor package-free eggs - Handmade with organic chocolate, no refined sugar and dairy.
Forty Thieves Peanut Butter + Honest Chocolat- handcrafted organic, fairtrade.
Check out the Good Easter Guide by Makers and Local for lots of delicious recipes and fun crafts!
Keen to be an Easter Eco-Warrior? How about making your own Easter Eggs?
Have an EGGcellent Easter xx🐥