Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Egg-cessive Packaging this Easter
Easter eggs have taken over shop shelves! You may have noticed all the bright colours invading your favourite grocery store. Did you also notice all the packaging many of them come wrapped up in?
We often speak to people who think there is too much packaging on products and it should be reduced. In the UK we produce over 170 million tonnes of waste every year and much of it is from food packaging. In fact, Eurostat estimates that in the UK we each throw away 170KG of packaging every single year.
As many of us will start buying chocolate this week to prepare for Easter, we think it’s the perfect time to share our favourite waste reducing tips for egg-cessive packaging.
Find the Foil Wrapped Eggs
Who doesn’t love a simple foil wrapped chocolate egg? They are delicious and also a star when it comes to minimal packaging. Opt for those that come in a single foil wrapper. Best of all the foil can be recycled. A few years ago lots of Easter Egg producers got rid of plastic packaging and reshaped the cardboard boxes to securely hold the foil wrapped eggs, in fact eggs with any plastic around them are in the minority right now!
Go for Reusable Packaging
From tins to cardboard, many eggs come wrapped in reusable packaging. This cute cardboard chick egg can be stuffed with single foil wrapped mini-egg or lots of mini Easter eggs for many Easters to come.
Be Less Traditional
You can opt for something a little less traditional and go for some non-egg shaped chocolate. There are loads of fun shaped chocolates out there – that will only come in a single layer of protective plastic. You could give chocolate bars – perfect for chocoholics with lots more chocolate and loads less packaging. Choosing the bigger version of a standard bar, usually saves you a bit of money and gets you a lot more chocolate. Who doesn’t like getting more bang for their buck?
Invest in some egg moulds and make your own chocolate Easter eggs. It’ll be messy, but loads of fun! Here are some tips from Jamie Oliver.
Try the Diet Version
For the ultimate waste-free Easter, think about decorating real eggs. Blow out the yolks and make an omelette. Then get to decorating with dye, coloured pencils or stickers. While they may not be as sweet as chocolate, they’ll certainly be beautiful and calorie-free!
For more gift ideas with no packaging check out our alternative gifts page.