Celebrate Easter with sustainable chocolate

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We love chocolate! There will be no better time than the Easter period to show your love for chocolate. Chocolate eggs, bunnies, chicks, bird’s nests… Each confectioner’s shop-window and supermarket entrance is filled with Easter delicacies, in all shapes and colours.

Chocolate tastes even so much better when it is not wrapped in plastic paper and when the ingredients (such as cocoa) have been harvested and processed in a sustainable and fair way.

Does that sound like a utopian dream? Certainly not, because these four tips will give you the chance to enjoy Easter in a human- and environmental-friendly way!

(Foto: Fauve Chocolade)

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1. Choose a minimized production chain

Belgians love chocolate, but unfortunately, we do not have all the ingredients close at hand. Search for chocolate products that carry a Fairtrade Mark, a certified label which guarantees a minimization of the phases between the consumer and the cocoa farmer.

Attention: be cautious of unlabelled ‘local chocolate products’. Usually, this only concerns the last phase in the production chain. Since Belgium is a chocolate-producing country, this phase often takes place here.

©Photo: Easter action/sale ‘Fairly Easter’, Oxfam shops

The Bite To Fight chocolate of Oxfam Fairtrade offers cocoa farmers an additional Fairtrade Premium on top of their fair income.

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The Bite to Fight chocolate of Oxfam Fairtrade offers cocoa farmers an additional Fairtrade Premium on top of their fair income.

2. Choose sustainable ingredients

Palm oil, cocoa, sugar, milk… most ingredients in chocolate are not eco-friendly and fair, but they are, however, available in a sustainable way. Combine organic and fair-trade, since it is the best guarantee against deforestation, monoculture and other unsustainable agricultural practices.

3. Try vegetarian chocolate

Chocolate animals do not necessarily have to be processed with animal ingredients. The impact of large-scale farming on the environment is much smaller when processing vegan products. Fortunately, these ingredients are not used in each chocolate product. Because of the ever-growing vegetarian market, new products are being launched. You no longer have to fear eating only dark chocolate as a vegetarian alternative. Now, there are also “milk” chocolate products that are entirely vegan!

Here you can find an entire list with available vegan chocolate.

4. Buy plastic free chocolate

Finding plastic free packaging for Easter chocolates can be very challenging. However, we can only change this by continuing to buy and ask for products that are plastic free. You can, for example, buy the fair-trade chocolate chickens and eggs of KAKO Chocolaterie at Ohne. You can also find chocolate at BE O market. Always follow the hygiene rules at the packaging-free shops, wash and sanitize your hands well before buying packaging-free chocolate. Only this way, you can feast guilt-free upon your chocolate afterwards.

(Foto: Fauve Chocolade)

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Where available?

On the web shop of Oxfam-Wereldwinkels , you will find a wide selection of Easter chocolates. Most organic food shops and supermarkets also provide organic and/or fair-trade offers. The first fair-trade chocolatier in Ghent, Fauve Chocolade, also offers fair-trade chocolate Easter bunnies and many other delicacies.

Be sure to check out our sustainable hotspots on our website, under ‘food and drinks’ you can find many committed entrepreneurs offering sustainable products.

Also make sure to have a look at the opening hours of your local chocolatier, Oxfam Shop or supermarket, as they may have changed due to the pandemic.

More chocolate info

On the website of Oxfam Fair Trade, or rewatch our Change Your Habits Instagram session with cocoa expert, Bart Van Besien and Fauve Doom from Fauve Chocolade.

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