EASTER is com­ing and, while we all love choco­late (some more than oth­ers – men­tion­ing no names!), it shouldn’t be at the cost of the planet.

First News - - FRONT PAGE - by editor in chief Nicky Cox

Kids have been go­ing on strike about cli­mate change and, with grow­ing con­cerns about plas­tic pol­lu­tion, First News is calling on ev­ery­one to make a pledge for a plas­tic-free Easter.

We Brits eat more choco­late than al­most any­where else on Earth. On av­er­age more than 8kg of choco­late each year – that’s the weight of sev­eral ac­tual bunny rab­bits – and a big chunk of our choco­late is bought and scoffed at Easter.

Some of the plas­tic is ob­vi­ous, like the moulded plas­tic around the egg. Sometimes, this plas­tic is not even re­cy­clable. But hid­den plas­tics can lurk in your pack­ag­ing too. Shiny card­board might sometimes have a plas­tic coat­ing. To test it, you can soak a piece of the card in wa­ter for a few hours to see if a plas­tic layer starts to peel off. We know this means you’ll al­ready have bought your egg, but at least you’ll know for next time.

Easter egg mak­ers say they need to use plas­tic and other pack­ag­ing

for lots of rea­sons – like to stop eggs break­ing, or for fresh­ness, hy­giene or se­cu­rity. Yet, while some of them are al­ready re­think­ing how they pack­age their eggs, we want all of them to do more. You can help en­cour­age them, not just through the eggs you choose this Easter, but by di­rectly ask­ing choco­late egg mak­ers to pro­duce plas­tic-free pack­ag­ing.

Friends of the Earth says: “After our few mo­ments of choco­late joy, it’s the pack­ag­ing that stays around. And, if it’s plas­tic, that might mean for­ever.”

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