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Otter’s tips for the Easter Bunny. Phew, there’s a handful!

Green eggs , not Easter eggs

Green Eggs (Flickr/Normanack) Copyright. Creative Commons License.

Easter is around the corner. A trip down the now colourful foil-filled aisles of the supermarket is all we need to remind ourselves that this holiday is now upon us. But with all these delicious offerings at our fingertips, how can we pick the eggs and Easter buns that will satisfy our tastebuds and our values, without the hassle? We’ve brought together the advice from a handful of guides to good eggs – many of of which can be found at your local store.

If you want your eggs fair trade…

Fairtrade Australia have compiled a shopping list of certified fair trade eggs. You can check it out here.

Does the Easter Bunny have to think about food allergies when delivering eggs to your place?

Kids With Food Allergies have some great Easter recipes and Easter craft ideas to help keep you and your kids safe this Easter.

Dairy-free Easter eggs. That’s not possible, right?

Wrong! Pick an egg that’s 70% chocolate. Most 70% chocolate is dairy-free (but make sure you check the ingredients on the back of your egg). OR let Animals Australia pick an egg for you, with this dairy-free Easter guide.

Make your Easter palm-oil-free!

Zoos Victoria have this Don’t Palm Us Off guide to an orang-utan friendly Easter. Includes tips on eggs and hot cross buns.

Find out which egg is right for you

Ethical Consumer UK rank of 20 popular easter eggs You can personalise the ratings by indicating which ethical issues are of concern to you. It’s a great way to see which  chocolate egg brands reflect your values. While not all eggs on their list are available in Australia, some are, so it’s worth a look.

And if your Easter chocolate need not be spherical …

Let’s face it – you get more bang for your buck with a block of chocolate. Here is Otter’s guide to chocolate that will match your ethical concerns.

If you’re feeling a bit creative, why not use these blocks of chocolate to make your own Easter eggs?! Or use them to whip up some vegan hot cross buns, or Jamie Oliver’s non-cook chocolate, pecan and meringue cake for your Easter morning tea.

What to do with the shiny wrappers after all the chocolate is gone?

Here’s what Planet Ark have to say…

Although there’s a myriad of colours and sizes, there’s only one way to dispose of Easter egg foil wrappers – and that’s to recycle them! Collect your foil wrappers and bunch them into a ball. They’re too small and light to recycle on their own, but in a big ball, you can recycle them in your kerbside bin. Get your friends and family on board and see who can make the biggest foil feature!

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