I was very frustrated this Easter because I couldn’t find a chocolate Easter Bilby, that I get every year for my hubby. They are available from some retailers, but not as many, and not around here. Early on in our relationship he told me he prefers Easter Bilbies to raise money to help save them in the wild, as they are very endangered.
I also couldn’t see Fair Trade chocolate. However, I did find this Nestlé stuff:
Back of the pack:
I think all agricultural products should be ethically sourced. The farmers should be paid above their true costs of production. That includes the dairy farmers, the ones around my district have been suffering from low prices for a couple of years now. It affects our locals, from the other businesses, down to the job market. Banks close, and other services. Big companies should not just put their shareholders’ dividends first, but consider all stakeholders.
The Margaret River Chocolate Company makes a cute Chokka the Quokka chocolate treat, and makes donations towards supporting quokkas in the wild.
I don’t eat regular chocolate myself, as the cocoa disagrees with my tummy, especially in Easter chocolate. (My friend said that’s because of the palm oil in it. If you look at my blog post last Sunday, I talked about how we as consumers need to cut down on palm oil to save the tropical forests and their creatures.) I have a small amount of white chocolate because it’s very sweet. In the past I have had carob, though nowadays I forget to seek it out.
I also read on Better Homes and Gardens newsletter that you can recycle Easter egg foil, by squashing it all into a ball as large as possible, and popping it into your recycle bin.
I’m not getting recompensed from any companies mentioned in this article.
The subject of Fair Trade cocoa is a complex, changing one, and may vary in your country. Here is an overview:
Why I couldn’t find an Easter Bilby at Woolworths, Foodworks, Coles, Kmart or Reject Shop this year: