Easter egg lovers shell out on ex­cess pack­ag­ing

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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.’

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