Being a last-minute sort of person, easter egg shopping would normally involve me flying into the supermarket a day or two before, and buying the best from whatever is left. This year I’d like to know who is supplying the more sustainable options and support these brands. With Easter now only a week away, I’ve done a little research, and here’s what I have discovered…
Photo credit: Leo Biddle. See interview “The Great Conservationist” by clicking here
Rainforest clearing in South East Asia to create space for Palm plantations poses a threat to several animals including the orang-utan, Sumatran tiger, Asian rhino and Asian elephant. According to information on the Hamilton Zoo website, if deforestation at the current rate continues, these species could be extinct in the wild by 2022…SIX years away! So to ensure you are buying palm oil-free easter eggs, check out this link on the Auckland Zoo website here. There are a lot of options (fantastic!), so I am going to print this out and take with me.
When you purchase chocolate with the Fairtrade logo, you know that the cocoa farmers have received a fair price for their produce AND they have received a Fairtrade Premium which the farmer co-operatives can then reinvest in their local community to improve education, healthcare, farming equipment etc. Growing cocoa is not easy and 90% of the world’s cocoa is grown on small family farms by about 6 million farmers who earn their living from growing and selling cocoa beans. However most farmers don’t receive a fair price and live a life of poverty. By simply purchasing Fairtrade certified chocolate, we can make a huge difference to the lives of these families.
According to Fairtrade NZ, Green and Blacks have a 100% Fairtrade Commitment. For the following brands, look for the Fairtrade logo on selected products;
- Pana Chocolate
- Wellington Chocolate Factory
Trade Aid have been certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation, verifying compliance throughout the entire supply chain. So you can be assured that if you are purchasing anything from Trade Aid, the people behind the products have been rewarded fairly for their time and labour. I have bought a few bars of their chocolate to send my parents this Easter (image above). I love the packaging, designed by Aucklander Tina Yu, reflecting the places of the world where the ingredients come from. I love too, that the packaging is compostable and that organic NZ milk is used in their milk chocolate.
Click here for Trade Aid’s recipe on how to make your very own handcrafted chocolate eggs. Easy enough to make with the kids and pretty enough to offer friends. See the one minute video clip here. Well worth a look!
For the first time this year, Trade Aid have produced Easter Eggs in their Christchurch factory – go check them out if there’s a store near you!
If you live in Wellington you probably know about The Wellington Chocolate Factory. Perhaps I’ve been living under a rock but these guys have only just hit my radar. This is straight from their website; “At the Wellington Chocolate Factory we make organic, ethically traded, bean-to-bar chocolate of the highest quality. We founded WCF to be a leader in the new chocolate revolution, exploring how artisan production methods, fair trading practice, and local communities can reinforce each other in building a strong, sustainable business.” Their blog posts, complete with amazing photos, look to be a great read if you’re interested in the work they do with growers behind the scenes.
You can buy their eggs online or at various stockists in NZ. Click here for their contact details to see if there’s a stockist near you.
KIWIS FOR KIWI
Whittaker’s were voted New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand in 2015, and it was great to see them on the Auckland Zoo palm oil-free list, and that some of their products use Fairtrade cocoa. Like Trade Aid, for the first time they are selling an Easter product, the KIWI in creamy milk or dark chocolate, in two sizes. 20c from the sale of each chocolate kiwi goes to Kiwis for Kiwi, an organisation dedicated to protecting our special bird and the places they live. (NB: these kiwis also are made using Fairtrade cocoa.)
The Lewis Road Creamery story is a good one. Read about it here and look out for their Easter treats in your local supermarket!
Here’s hoping this info has been useful – I’ve learnt a lot myself! I know I’ll feel good this Easter with the knowledge that the farmers who grew the cocoa beans and sugar in the chocolate we’re eating, have been rewarded for their efforts. And that I’m not contributing to a loss of habitat for those animals who live in rainforests. Happy Easter everyone 🙂