Chocolate Easter eggs are possibly one of the most over-packaged products on the market. A huge cardboard box, perhaps a plastic moulding to hold the chocolate egg in place, then a shiny foil wrapping – all to hold a hollow egg, weighing only maybe 110g.
Many companies have now addresses this and have reducued the amount of packaging used in their Easter eggs.
If you receive an egg like this, you can minimise the environmental impact;
The best thing to do if you are giving eggs is to choose those with the least packaging – chose ones that are only wrapped in foil, or give an Easter gift instead.
How about traditional hand-painted Easter eggs and papier mache eggs using the plastic packaging from an egg as a mould? This could then be decorated and filled with sweets or gifts.
If you really want to give a traditional type of Easter egg there are lots of fairtrade and organic Easter eggs available.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of Reduce Reuse Recycle.
Updated 21st February 2017