EASTER is coming and, while we all love chocolate (some more than others – mentioning no names!), it shouldn’t be at the cost of the planet.
Kids have been going on strike about climate change and, with growing concerns about plastic pollution, First News is calling on everyone to make a pledge for a plastic-free Easter.
We Brits eat more chocolate than almost anywhere else on Earth. On average more than 8kg of chocolate each year – that’s the weight of several actual bunny rabbits – and a big chunk of our chocolate is bought and scoffed at Easter.
Some of the plastic is obvious, like the moulded plastic around the egg. Sometimes, this plastic is not even recyclable. But hidden plastics can lurk in your packaging too. Shiny cardboard might sometimes have a plastic coating. To test it, you can soak a piece of the card in water for a few hours to see if a plastic layer starts to peel off. We know this means you’ll already have bought your egg, but at least you’ll know
for next time.
Easter egg makers say they need to use plastic and other packaging for lots of reasons – like to stop eggs breaking, or for freshness, hygiene or security. Yet, while some of them are already rethinking how they package their eggs, we want all of them to do more. You can help encourage them, not just through the eggs you choose this Easter, but by directly asking chocolate egg makers to produce plastic-free packaging.
Friends of the Earth says: “After our few moments of chocolate joy, it’s the packaging that stays around. And, if it’s plastic, that might mean forever.”