Everybody loves a celebration, particularly one that revolves around chocolate! Perhaps that’s not the original meaning of Easter, but it is certainly a big part of it now. I’m sure it’s not escaped your attention, though, how much packaging a lot of Easter eggs have.
Earlier this week the Guardian published this article based on research by consumer group Which? in which they compared the amount and type of packaging included with the top 10 most popular eggs. They are, on average, 25% packaging by weight!!! The egg with the highest proportion is in a Thornton’s Classic Large Egg, which was a whopping 36.4% packaging!! Even the egg with the lowest proportion of the 10, the Cadbury’s Twirl Large Easter Egg has 18.8% packaging!
I’m not going to tell you not to buy an Easter Egg, and the more positive side of the article was that almost all of the packaging (usually apart from the chocolate bar wrappers and plastic windows on the front of boxes) are recyclable at least, and in some cases made from recycled material. However, I think it’s worth baring in mind how wasteful this is and considering whether there might be an alternative. We all also know that Easter Eggs are fairly overpriced for what they are. Would we be better off getting something chocolatey but not egg shaped? Or egg shaped but not chocolatey?
Easter egg alternatives
Maybe you could have a go at making your own Easter eggs, or other chocolate treats. Another lovely alternative that I’ve seen a few places selling in recent years are reusable eggs, such as the adorable metal ones by Moulin Roty with pictures of their animal Grande Famille characters on. One of my favourite toy shops BabaMe has been selling these with a surprise Holtztiger wooden animal inside for children, or various ethically sourced bath products for grown ups. As this goes to press they are still available, but I can’t guarantee you’d get it by Easter Sunday (apologies for leaving the blog till the last minute)!
And if you’re still dreaming of the perfect chocolate egg…
…why not at least look into buying one that is ethically sourced?
Just today I received an email with a link to this SumOfUs petition against Cadbury and Ferrero using Cocoa which is grown illegally in deforested areas including national parks in West Africa.
So have a wonderful long weekend, treat yourself and your loved ones, but please don’t turn a blind eye to the negative impact that our little indulgences can have.