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Have An Eco-Easter

Date: 23-Mar-16
Author: Rebecca Gredley

What choices are you making for an eco-friendly Easter? © Jess McCallum

What choices are you making for an eco-friendly Easter?

Easter is only a few hops away and it's a great time to relax, get out in nature and spend time with loved ones. Food plays a central role over this period so we’ve put together some tips so that your seafood and chocky treats aren’t the only good things about your Easter! 

Harm Free Chocolate

Easter egg hunts are an integral part to the Easter holiday, meaning that chocolate treats are an exciting aspect of celebrating. Palm oil is often used to make chocolate and is incredibly destructive. Palm oil plantations, primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia, are responsible for deforestation and threats to local environments and animals populations - particularly orang-utans.

The simplest thing you can do to minimise any harm is to choose chocolate products that either use 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) or that are palm oil free. See list below for some hints on what to look for.

Chocolate with Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

  • Coles
  • Robern Menz
  • The Chocolate Box
  • Ferrero
  • Lindt and Sprungli

Palm Oil Free Chocolate

  • Haigh’s Chocolates
  • Pana Chocolate
  • Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
  • Koko Black
  • Whittaker’s
  • Pink Lady Chocolates – white, milk and dark bilbies

Check here for a list of other food items that are palm oil free

It isn’t currently mandatory for palm oil to be labeled on products in Australia – if you support clear labeling of oils so that you have a clear choice in stores, add your name to this petition.

Choosing dairy-free easter eggs is another option to minimise your impact this Easter. Our friends at Animals Australia have put together a list of dairy-free chocolate alternatives, which include:

  • Lindt dark chocolate bunny
  • Alpha chocolate eggs
  • Sweet William chocolate bunnies

Sustainable Seafood

If you’re tucking into a seafood feast on Good Friday, it’s worth the effort to make sure you’re purchasing goods that have been sustainably caught. Australia's Sustainable Seafood Guide can help you make an informed decision by searching by the type of seafood you're buying. There's also a free app of iPhone and Android that you can download here.

Recycle Easter Egg Foil 

Since you’ve got this far in the article you must be an avid recycler! So why not add the aluminium foil from your eggs to your recycling? Don’t just throw them into the recycling as they are too light. Collect and scrunch them into a golf ball - you can do this with all the clean alfoil you use throughout the year. 

  • Recycling Week
  • Business Recycling
  • recycling Near You
  • Make It Wood
  • Tree Day
  • Cartridges for Planet Ark