80 million Easter eggs are eaten every year with the industry making hundreds of millions pounds of profit. We get chocolate, they get money, a win-win situation. In fact Easter eggs can have a downside and it's not just the sugar-low, a survey by Friends of the Earth revealed that in 2007, 4,370 tonnes of cardboard and 160 tonnes of foil waste was created by packaging. Also, cocoa production has a long history of alleged labour rights abuses and deforestation in third world countries.
Here are our favourite choices of ethical Easter gifts, be it fair trade chocolate, environmentally friendly dyed egg baskets or hand crafted eggs by local artists in Kashmir, to ensure that you can look out for the earth whilst simultaneously gorging yourself on delicious chocolate treats.
Divine Large Dark Chocolate Egg
Price: £5.00 Buy Here Divine work with West African farmers in order to try and improve their lives through enabling a farmer-ownership model. Divine defends its decision to not manufacture its chocolate in Africa as it would melt instantly there without intense energy-wasting refrigeration- Good point!