Easter is a joyous occasion for all. It’s an excuse to indulge in a bit of extra chocolate and spend some quality time with the family. While we all love to indulge, there are a couple of simple ways to make your Easter that little bit greener, and Lottie Dalziel, founder of eco-friendly store Banish, has some easy tips about how you can do it.
1. Make a tin egg
"It’s a little-known secret that the tin foil wrapping of Easter eggs can actually go into your recycling bin. All you need to do is create a ball that is at least the size of a golfball with the leftover wrappers or tin foil. Make it a game with the kids and watch the ball grow over the holidays.
2. Take a closer look
"When you’re next stocking up on chocolate eggs look closer than their colourful wrapping. Look for choccy that is fair trade and that doesn’t contain any palm oil. Palm oil (which is often disguised as “vegetable oil” on the ingredients list) is the leading cause of deforestation in Australia and South East Asia and also has a dramatic impact on climate change."
Here’s a list of our favourite palm-oil free chocolate brands:
- Haigh's Chocolate blocks
- Pana Chocolate
- Lindt & Sprungli – Lindt Excellence and Lindt Creation chocolate blocks (Note: filled products such as Lindor do contain palm oil)
- Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate blocks – Dairy Milk, Old Gold, Dream
- Aldi Stores: Choceur, Just Organics, Moser-Roth
3. In the bag
"When you’re stocking up on a batch of hot cross buns save the plastic bag and pop it in the REDcycle soft plastics bin at the front of your local Woolworths or Coles when you go back for round two (or 22). Alternatively, you could shop local and buy your hot cross buns from your local bakery and BYO Onya bread bag for a zero waste option.
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