Easter Eggs


Ethical shopping guide to Easter Eggs, from Ethical Consumer

Ethical shopping guide to Easter Eggs, from Ethical Consumer


This is a product guide from Ethical Consumer, the UK's leading alternative consumer organisation. Since 1989 we've been researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies, and making the results available to you in a simple format.

 

This Easter use this guide to make sure you buy good eggs. 

This report includes: 

  • Ethical and environmental ratings for 24 easter eggs
  • Best buy recommendations
  • Which brands are Fairtrade, fair tax, organic & vegan
  • Which companies don't use palm oil

 

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Best Buys

as of March 2016


As our ratings are constantly updated, it is possible that company ratings on the score table may have changed since this report was written.

Best Buys are the following:

Only make easter eggs that are both Fairtrade and organic: Cocoa Loco and Plamil.

Only make Fairtrade easter eggs: The Co-op (large eggs), Divine, Traidcraft.

Only make Organic easter eggs: Booja Booja, Montezuma's, Moo Free

Vegan easter eggs: all the above brands make some vegan varieties (usually the dark chocolate ones). But Booja Booja and Moo Free and Plamil only make vegan easter eggs.

 

 

The Good Egg Guide

 

Easter eggs in ethical shopping guide

 

 

Fairtrade eggs
 

Ethical Consumer recommends buying Fairtrade eggs where possible, ensuring that the farmers receive more money for their cocoa. Fairtrade chocolate also has to guarantee that no trafficked labour has been used in the harvesting of the cocoa beans.

 

 

Fair tax eggs - avoid Cadbury
 

Cadbury was in the news just before Christmas because it made £96.5m in profit in 2014 but since it was taken over by US food giant Mondelez five years ago it hasn't paid any UK corporation tax.

So for fair tax eggs avoid Cadbury eggs and its myriad of brands like Dairy Milk, Crunchie and Flake. They all have Cadbury written prominently on them.

The Co-op is the only easter egg company that has signed up to the Fair Tax Mark which guarantees that they pay a fair amount of tax.

 

 

Fair palm oil eggs
 

Divine and Booja Booja are palm oil free companies.

 

 


   

 

Avoid eggsessive packaging and buy a bar of Fairtrade chocolate instead
 

This easter, you could by-pass the traditional easter egg and buy a bar of Fairtrade chocolate instead. "Even though many brands have reduced the amount of packaging on their eggs, we still think it's an excessive amount of cardboard and plastic" says Jane Turner from Ethical Consumer. "Many mini eggs, for example, are individually wrapped in tin foil. You'll still get much more chocolate for your money - and much less packaging too - by buying a large bar of chocolate instead".

When Ethical Consumer last looked at chocolate bars, the Best Buys are the following Fairtrade and/or organic certified products:

Biona, Cocoa Loco, Divine, Madécasse, Montezuma, Moo Free, Pacari, Plamil, Raw Chocolate Pie, Seed and Bean, Traidcraft, Raw Chocolate, Moods, Vegan Organica, Vego, Vivani.

Of the supermarkets, all of The Co-op's bars of chocolate are Fairtrade.

 

See our product guide to chocolate bars. 

 


 

 

 


Company profiles


Nestlé, which owns nearly 30% of L’Oréal, conducts animal testing. In 2015 Nestlé was accused of cruel animal experimentation by Cruelty Free International. The experiments, conducted on dogs, mice, hamsters, rats and pigs, attempted to investigate the positive health benefits of the companies’ products and to identify potential benefits that could be marketed.

It is the subject of the world's longest running boycott which began in 1977 for its marketing of baby milk in developing countries which undermines breastfeeding. 

 

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