Navigating the ethics this Easter

Talking about fast fashion earlier this week got me thinking about my easter shopping. Now full disclosure, I cannot stand chocolate myself and have never had much of a sweet tooth, but those around me, those I shop for, they love Easter and the chocolate that comes with it. (For those of you that are with me about chocolate and sweets, you can check out my blog on gift alternatives this Easter.) So after doing my shopping research, I decided to share it with you so you know how to navigate this Easter.

Just a quick note – I won’t be mentioning too many specific brands here, but more labels and signs to look for. I know we are all from various parts of the world, so I wanted to share tips that could help us all.

  1. Packaging – Yes, most chocolate that you will purchase at Easter will have some kind of packaging (unless you visit a bulk store), but not all packaging is created equal. For example, the kind of product that you want to purchase will only have cardboard and aluminum packaging that can be recycled. What you DON’T want to purchase are overpackaged, overmarketed easter treats that not only have their regular packaging but are then packaged in plastic, often with other toys or items that we do not need.
  2. Quality over Quantity – Something that I see happening around me a lot is people receiving a large amount of crappy chocolate that they don’t really like. Rather than buying your friends or family a bunch of “cheap chocolate”, limit the quantity you are purchasing and go for a better quality product. This doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a name brand product, but it also isn’t the jumbo bag of chocolates at the dollar store.
  3. Fair Trade – Depending on the fair trade laws in your country, fair trade is a way to ensure that the workers, producers and the environment are not being exploited. According to Australia’s Fair Trade stamp “The Fairtrade Mark shows you that the Fairtrade ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organizations or plantations that meet internationally agreed Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards.”
  4. What people like – As I mentioned, I do not like chocolate. And yet, I have noticed over the course of a lifetime, I have noticed that it seems to be the go-to gift that people buy me – even those who know I don’t eat the stuff. Take a moment when you are shopping to find out what your friends and family would like, and take that into account when shopping.

These are the things that helped me when shopping at Easter, and I hope they helped you too.

Happy Easter Everyone!

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