THE PLASTIC FREE EASTER EGG HUNT
BY ALICE WILBY
In recent years the biggest problem facing the ethical chocoholic at Easter was, ‘is my chocolate egg fair-trade and do I have to share it with anyone?' However it’s now 2018 and it’s safe to say that most of are now ‘woke’ to the problem of plastic and how frighteningly ubiquitous it is. And with the news last week that micoplastics have been found in 90% of bottled Mineral Water worldwide, the problem of purchasing ‘hidden’ plastic has never been more poignant.
Most of us have become alert to the obvious plastic threats. We’ve stopped buying bottled water and only buy fruit and veg loose and take reusable bags to the supermarket. But sadly our past cultural obsession with plastic as a wonder, fix all product, means that even the most well intentioned shopper falls foul of what we like to call ‘stealth plastic’. That little bit of plastic you didn’t realise was in your product, or have become so used to seeing that it takes a bit of refocusing to see what a problem it actually presents.
Sadly the humble Easter Egg is such an item. Often encased in recyclable cardboard, they often open up to reveal a plastic moldings to support the egg and then further plastic wrapping to protect the mini eggs or chocolate inside the big egg itself.
We’ve taken a look at 5 Easer Eggs to see how they are addressing the problem. Which one will you pick?
THE 100% PLASTIC FREE EGG
Available in organic milk chocolate with butterscotch, organic dark chocolate with cocoa nibs and organic white chocolate with raspberry, Montezuma’s Eco eggs are not only delicious but also plastic free! The packaging is made from a sturdy biodegradable paper outer shell/sleeve and a foil wrapping, leading Montezuma’s to boast that this might be the most eco friendly egg around!
THE DESIGNED TO KEEP, AWARD WINNING EGG
Booja-Booja makes chocolate truffles to designed to keep the ‘free from’ people happy. Their award-winning organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, soya-free chocolate truffles are presented for Easter in beautiful papier-mâché eggs. Made from rice paper and rice glue and hand-painted in an eco-friendly workers’ co-operative in Kashmir, these decorative boxes are designed to keep, but sadly as with many Easter eggs, the packaging containing the truffles inside the egg is made from non-recyclable plastic and foil.
THE 100% FAIRTRADE EGG
Love Fairtrade? Then you’ll probably already love Divine chocolates. Part-owned by Ghanaian cocoa farmers, these guys know how to make seriously tasty chocs and their latest offering of dark chocolate Easter egg with dark chocolate salted caramel mini eggs sounds delicious. In recent years they have worked hard to reduce their Easter Egg packaging, which is all FSC-sourced cardboard. But are still working on a recyclable alternative to the plastic packaging for the mini eggs.
THE VEGAN, PLASTIC FREE EGG
Vegan Chocolate Easter Eggs, £24 for four boxes, by Coco Caravan
You get a lot of bang for your buck with Coco Caravan’s Vegan Chocolate Easer Eggs. Four boxes, each containing 8 caramel eggs, that are certified vegan and gluten free. And the packaging is completely plastic free!
THE EASTER CLASSIC
Who doesn’t love to get a Lindt bunny at Easter! We still can’t agree as to which bit one eats first – do you go straight for the head or leave the ears till last? But what isn’t up for debate is how plastic free the Bunny is. It’s foil is funny recyclable and you get a cute bell for the cat to play with, or is that just us?