Is your Easter egg-cessive?

16 Apr 2019
Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

If you celebrate Easter, here are some egg-cellent suggestions for being a little more sustainable in your choices.

1. Recycle your wrapping

Chocolate Easter eggs are typically wrapped in coloured foil and come in cardboard or plastic holders — all of which can be recycled. Aluminium foil is one of the most recyclable of the products, and in Australia it is usually made back into more aluminium.

And don’t forget that rigid plastic containers, cardboard, and paper can all go into your yellow recycling bin.

2. Quality over quantity

Rather than mass-produced chocolate eggs and bunnies, why not seek out a small chocolatier at a farmers market or local shop and buy one good chocolate gift. Not only will the ingredients be better, chances are it will have less packaging too.

3. Educate yourself about palm oil

Palm oil is a highly efficient crop and versatile oil, accounting for 65 per cent of all vegetable oil traded internationally. The production of palm oil has rapidly expanded to meet this demand resulting in both positive and negative impacts.

Oil palm has contributed to unprecedented economic growth and rural development, especially in Southeast Asia. On the other hand, it has been a major driver of deforestation, destroying the habitats of critically endangered species, displacing local communities, and contributing to climate change.

Many companies are now buying certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) from responsible growers. Every two years, WWF produces a scorecard to help consumers see how their favourite brands are developing commitments towards sourcing CSPO. Educate yourself on Easter products that contain CSPO.

4. Buy Fair Trade chocolate

Many small producers of cocoa struggle to earn a sustainable income. Disease is damaging cocoa trees, and rising production costs mean farmers and their families often remain in poverty. Child labour, a significant issue in the cocoa industry, is perpetuated by poverty and unfair terms of trade.

Fairtrade helps to make cocoa farming in places like the Ivory Coast and Ghana more sustainable by guaranteeing minimum prices and providing a premium to invest in local communities, so farmers can provide a better future for themselves and their families. Fairtrade Australia publishes a list of chocolate products help you choose.

5. Start a new tradition with blown eggs
Many countries celebrate Easter with blown eggs — real eggs with the yolks and whites removed. Decorate them with homemade egg dyes, using vinegar and spices, fruits, and vegetables. Use the leftover yolks and whites for other Easter baking, or scrambled eggs for breakfast over the long weekend. The Cluckar app will help you understand how free range your eggs are too.