Here are some truly cracking ethical Easter eggs, available online, that are hard to beat. From vegan-friendly to Fairtrade, to plastic-free and more – you’ll be sure to find an egg for you.
Easter is a mere bunny hop, skip, and a jump away – this year it falls on Sunday 9th of April. And if you have kids in your life (or a grown-up with a sweet tooth!) then no doubt your thoughts will soon be turning to Easter eggs.
Just a couple of years ago, plastic-free Easter eggs were almost impossible to find. Your only option was to make your own eco-friendly Easter egg alternatives.
However, thanks to consumer pressure, many big-name brands have removed all single-use plastic from their Easter egg packaging. The Co-Op alone says their move will save 14 tonnes of plastic each year. It just goes to show you the impact that putting pressure on supermarkets can bring.
However, it’s not just the lack of single-use plastic that goes into making an ethical Easter egg. There are other factors as well. From vegan-friendly ingredients to palm oil-free chocolate, to organic and Fairtrade ingredients, there are lots that go into making up an ethical egg.
The Best Ethical Easter Eggs
To help you out, I’ve rounded up the best ethical Easter eggs for both kids and adults that deliver on ethics and taste.
Happi Oat Milk Egg Bar
Happi’s Oat Milk Chocolate Egg Bar is dairy-free, making it suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. It’s plastic-free – packaged in card and a home compostable wrapper. And it is gluten-free and soya-free.
In terms of nuts, it is nut-free, but it is packed in a facility that also handles nuts, peanuts, and sesame, amongst other allergens. Therefore, if severe allergies feature in your life do check with Happi to make sure this is the right option for you.
Whilst it’s free from a lot of things, it’s certainly not taste-free. This deliciously rich and creamy salted caramel flavour egg is sure to be a hit with both kids and grown-ups. It’s the high cacao content that gives it this delicious taste. And this means less sugar is required to get the desired taste. In fact, Happi says they use 35% less sugar compared to other leading brands.
Happi is also proud to be 100% slave free. Happi says that it buys its cacao directly from farmers and growers with a full ‘farm-to-bar’ supply chain. This means that Happi knows who grows the cacao beans and what they get paid.
Happi also donates 1% of its annual net sales revenues to causes, such as mental health organisations.
Buy Happi’s Oat Milk Chocolate ethical Easter Egg Bar from Ethical Superstore for £6.49.
Cocoa Loco’s range of Easter products are all organic, Fairtrade-certified, palm oil-free, and handmade in West Sussex.
Packaging is also important to Cocoa Loco, with all of its products being plastic-free. Products are either packaged in cardboard, or in compostable bags.
In particular, these ethical Easter eggs, pictured above, are packaged in a bunny-shaped cardboard box and a compostable bag that will biodegrade at industrial sites or at home. As well as a milk chocolate option, vegan-friendly dark chocolate options are available too.
As well as kid-friendly Easter eggs, you can also find stunning eggs for grownups too, all with the same ethical and eco-friendly credentials. This makes for a perfect treat to nibble on after your Easter lunch!
Moo Free’s range of ethical Easter eggs are a great budget-friendly find for kids. This palm oil-free chocolate company makes all its chocolate dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian and vegan-friendly as standard.
This particular easter egg is finished with vegan-friendly marshmallows, but other eggs in their range come complete with a surprise inside them.
Whilst not Fairtrade certified, instead Moo Free purchases Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa for this product to help support farmers and sustainable farming.
The only downside is that Moo Free’s eggs disappointingly aren’t plastic-free. However Moo Free say the insert in their Easter egg packaging is made from 95% recycled plastic and is also recyclable.
Buy Moo Free eggs from Ethical Superstore for £4.25.
If you are looking for an ethical Easter egg for the grown-up in your life, then try Booja Booja. These seriously pretty reusable egg-shaped boxes contain a selection of Booja’s Booja’s deliciously decadent and vegan-friendly chocolate truffles.
What makes these ethically made truffles extra special is that they are certified organic and free of palm oil. They are also dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, and free of any genetically modified ingredients.
What’s more, each handmade and handpainted box is created by Kashmiri artisans in India, which helps traditional skills to flourish.
You might be wondering whether this chocolate is Fairtrade or not. Booja Booja says that because of its commitment to using only organic and vegan ingredients, it is not currently possible to use only Fairtrade suppliers. Booja Booja, therefore, do not use the Fairtrade logo. However, Booja Booja does say that trading fairly and ethically is essential to how it operates and is reflected in the relationships it has with its suppliers across the globe.
Buy Booja Booja eggs from Ethical Superstore from £12.49.
If you need ethical chocolate eggs for your Easter egg hunt or are just looking to gift delicious-tasting chocolate in completely plastic-free packaging then Tony Chocolonely is a great ethical choice. This B Corp and FairTrade-certified brand knows how to make seriously good chocolate.
Free from palm oil, GM ingredients, artificial preservatives and artificial flavours – although not dairy-free – each egg comes individually wrapped in recyclable foil. The egg box itself is made of fully recyclable cardboard.
Tony’s Chocolonely mission is to end slavery in the chocolate industry. As such, its commitment to slave-free and Fairtrade cocoa enables farmers to earn a living income, ensures traceable beans and allows them to work directly with farmers to eliminate the abuses in the industry.
Buy Tony Chocolonely eggs from Oxfam Online or Ethical Superstore for £4.49.
Plamil Organic Easter Egg
If you are looking for an ethical Easter egg that is produced in a factory that does not handle gluten, dairy or nuts, then Plamil’s organic Easter egg is the one to go for. As well as a dairy-free egg, it also comes with a sharing bag of dairy-free chocolate eggs.
What’s to love about this Easter egg is that it’s certified organic and is palm oil-free. Plamil uses only Fairtrade-certified cocoa, and they avoid child slave labour in their supply change. Moreover, the egg comes with no plastic packaging, and it’s made in the UK in a factory powered by renewable energy.
Buy Plamil’s Organic Easter Egg from Natural Collection for £3.99.
As I track down more ethical Easter eggs, I’ll be sure to add them here. In the meantime, enjoy!
Main image used c/o Cocoa Loco