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Good Eggs - Conscious Chocolate Treats for Easter

By Kelly Green
08.04.19

With Easter weekend fast approaching, we've compiled a list of ethical, Fairtrade and organic chocolate treats to enjoy.

updated: 02.04.2020

 

It's that time of year again when brightly coloured displays of chocolate eggs take over the aisles of supermarkets and our chocolate intake cranks up a notch. While at first glance these colourful sweet treats are ever so tempting, on closer inspection many commercial Easter egg options come packaged in multiple layers of plastic and foil; and frequently contain potentially problematic ingredients such as palm oil - one of the biggest contributors of deforestation globally, and cocoa - which as an industry is fraught with instances of modern slavery (research in 2015 found that more than 2.26 million children were working on cocoa farms in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire). But before you decide to boycott the celebrations altogether, you can still enjoy a chocolatey Easter treat that has a less harmful impact on people and the planet.  When buying an Easter egg, consider the following:

- Is it Fairtrade? Look for the Fairtrade symbol to protect workers' rights. 

- Is it organic? Look for organic certification to support farming methods that are not reliant on harmful pesticides and chemicals that threaten wildlife and contaminate water supplies. Soil Association is a common organic certification to look out for.

- Is it excessively-packaged? Easter eggs traditionally come wrapped in layers of foil, plastic and cardboard. Look for options with minimal or plastic-free packaging, and try to ensure that any non-biodegradable packaging can be recycled.

Here are some of our favourite conscious Easter eggs:

And finally, if you really want to spread some Easter cheer with minimum waste - head to your local bulk food store to find package free Easter treats. 

Good Eggs - Conscious Chocolate Treats for Easter