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The good eggs: A guide to sustainable Easter chocolate
Enjoy guilt-free indulgence this Easter with our guide to sustainable chocolate.
Everybody knows there’s something extra delicious about Easter chocolate. And with Aussies tipped to spend more than $7 million on eggs this year, why not lay into some good eggs, guilt free? Enter sustainable chocolate. As consumer demand for Fairtrade, palm oil-free, certified organic and non-GMO chocolate increases, chocolatiers across the globe are taking steps to make their sweet treats more sustainable, ethical and, ultimately, more enjoyable. Here are eight ways to indulge, sustainably, this Easter.
Eight ways to have a more sustainable Easter
Choose certified organic
Help your body and the environment by choosing Certified Organic chocolates. This guarantees the cocoa beans used to make the chocolate haven’t have been sprayed with harmful pesticides and are generally non-GMO (genetically modified organisms).
Fairtrade Australia CEO Molly Harriss Olson says sustainable chocolate is about enabling the long-term viability of cocoa farmers and their livelihoods. “Fairtrade terms of trade guarantee that farmers are getting a secure, stable minimum price,” she says, so buying Fairtrade-certified products guarantees that the growers, farmers and workers through every stage of the supply chain have been paid fair wages, ensuring a better quality of life for some of the most vulnerable people in our global community. “Chocolate lovers have generated millions of dollars for poor farmers in West Africa by choosing Fairtrade for their daily chocolate fix,” says Molly.
Choose Rainforest Alliance
Love chocolate? Choosing Rainforest Alliance treats will help ensure its viability and availability for years to come. The Rainforest Alliance trains cocoa producers around the world on how to implement sustainable farming principles. This includes climate-smart cocoa farming, reducing deforestation, improving biodiversity and land conservation and supporting the wellbeing of small communities.
Choose palm oil-free
Palm oil (which is often listed as vegetable oil) is found in up to 50 per cent of products on supermarket shelves, including many chocolates. Palm-oil production has long been associated with widespread deforestation, the devastation of natural habitats, displacement of communities and increased greenhouse gas emissions. Where possible, look for chocolates that contain no palm oil, or look for chocolates with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) logo. RSPO-certified means you’re buying products that have been made using sustainable palm oil.