Easter egg lovers shell out on excess packaging
EASTER egg manufacturers are still using excessive plastic packaging, an MP has warned.
Jo Swinson, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, urged manufacturers to eliminate plastic in next year’s eggs to protect marine life.
She said it was ‘disappointing’ that firms had failed to change their ways as the weight of packaging for the average Easter egg – 22g – has not improved since 2012. Lindt had the worst chocolate to packaging ratio, at nearly 2:1, with the egg itself taking up less than a sixth of the box, her report found. Thorntons and M& S included a non-recyclable plastic bag and Cadbury’s, Mars and Terry’s failed to include proper recycling information.
Miss Swinson said: ‘Most major brands have failed to streamline their packaging and – as was the case six years ago – the evidence points to widespread complacency.’
Worst offender: A Lindt egg