Sweets, Chocs, Crisps
Single use packaging from crisps, sweets, chocolates and other confectionary and snacks directly contributes to landfill waste. The energy used in making this packaging is significantly higher than the actual product. The majority of packaging is currently not recyclable. Many products use unsustainably produced palm oil as a key ingredient, contributing to significant environmental degradation.
- Buy local produced where possible. A short supply chain is better than consuming products that have travelled thousands of miles to reach you, even if they are organic or fair trade. Supporting local producers may also enable you to use your own packaging when making a purchase.
- Appreciate the energy and resources that have gone into your product and enjoy each bite and sip! 🙂 Do not purchase more than is necessary, this will help reduce wastage.
- There may be some opportunities to recycle packaging with initiatives such as Terra Cycle.
- Try making your own crisps, sweets, chocolate and drinks!
- Check out this Skillshare class on Easy Chocolate Making: All the Basics from Bean to Bar
- Learn more about the chocolate industry with this insightful movie
- The Guardian shows a short video on Palm Oil in Liberia and the conflict of interests that result from it
- Lead and Cadmium were found in many chocolates by As You Sow
- The environmental impact of the consumption of sweets, crisps and soft drinks (pdf) by Katarina Nilsson, Veronica Sund and Britta Florén
- Chocolate: the industry’s hidden truth (and the easy stuff we can do to still enjoy it)by Tsh Oxenreider
- A guide to ethical chocolateby Deena Shanker