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Apr 12, 2009

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from an article in HEALTHY & GREEN LIVING by Melissa Breyer
Cute Easter emoticon graphics by Camilla E. Care2 member

Buy Child-Loving Chocolate  

It’s ironic that while millions of American children are filled with glee as they indulge in the ears of a chocolate bunny, elsewhere, approximately 284,000 child laborers work on cocoa farms, and are either involved in hazardous work, are unprotected, are deprived of liberty, or have been trafficked, according to the International Labour Organization (the specialized agency of the United Nations which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights). Opt for Fair Trade chocolate and cocoa products, they’re marked with the “Fair Trade Certified” and Fair Trade Federation labels, and assure consumers that economic, social and environmental criteria have been met in the production and trade of an agricultural product.

Fair Trade Certified chocolate might be more expensive than the five-pound bag of crummy chocolate you can buy in a big-box store, so, you buy a little less. I mean, we’re talking childhood slavery here. Right?

Find (Then Hide) Candy with a Conscience

Healthy food doesn't have to be dull. You can buy bright, fun, yummy candy (without high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colours). The author Melissa Breyer recommends a website called NaturalCandyStore.com–they have a large selection of natural, organic and fair trade Easter candy. [I wish there were some equally as good here in Australia!]

Colour "Happy" Eggs  

For me, there is a major disconnect between frolicking Easter chicks and hens, and the image of a factory egg farm. At any given time, according to the HSUS, nearly 280 million laying hens in the United States are confined in battery cages–cages so restrictive the birds can’t spread their wings. 
                   
62% of parents purchase at least two dozen eggs for Easter -there are a number of choices in looking for eggs from "happy" hens:

  • Certified Organic,
  • Certified Humane,
  • Free Range or Free Roaming, and
  • Cage-Free.

You can make a great array of natural Easter egg dyes with kitchen cupboard ingredients, see how here.

Scrap the Plastic  

... why not create traditions that don’t require plastic grass and eggs?

  • make felted Easter eggs
  • wrap treats in wide ribbon that can be re-used
  • use colourful tissue that can be recycled
  • use dyed shredded paper to line a basket, or use living grass
  • invest in nice baskets that can be used year-after-year, or make your own.

There are endless ways to be creative–and it makes it all the more meaningful.

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