Reducing Easter Egg Packaging

 A third of Easter egg weight can be packaging, Which? Say

As much as a third of the weight of an Easter egg is still the cardboard and plastic packaging it comes in, according to research by Which?.

However, manufacturers have made big strides to make sure such packaging can be recycled, the consumer group said.

Packaging progress

Overall, Which? said that packaging accounted for about 25% of the weight of the most popular eggs.

But almost all of the cardboard and plastic used in Easter eggs could now be recycled, it said.

The industry was previously criticised for producing packaging that could only be placed in landfill.

“It’s great to see that some manufacturers have taken on board concerns about excessive packaging and that chocolate lovers can enjoy their eggs without too much compromise,” said Nikki Stopford, director of research at Which?.

Nevertheless, the research would help shoppers who want to cut down on excess packaging, she said.

What can I recycle?

Most of the plastic packaging on Easter eggs is recyclable, and uses the same type of plastic that bottles are made of.

Foil can also be recycled, with experts recommending consumers clean it first, then scrunch it into a ball.

However, plastic typically used to wrap chocolate bars cannot yet be recycled.

Published on the BBC News Website on 20/03/2018