I’ve never felt the guilt of eating lots of chocolate. That’s until recently. But I’m not thinking of my waistline when I feel guilty over scoffing a Cadbury family size bar with a cup of tea.
I’m feeling guilty about the plastic.
Did you know that most of the popular chocolate bars are wrapped using polypropylene. This is a plastic that is common in food packaging and even tea bags. It is made from fossil fuels and isn’t sustainable.
This is the chosen packaging for chocolate bars because of hygiene reasons and flexibility. Some companies are working on ways to be able to recycle their packaging. Mars aims to get 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packing by 2025. Nestle are also committing to create 100% recyclable packing by 2025.
What do we do until that point? How do we find plastic free chocolate?We’ve been doing the hard work for you. By hard work I mean shopping for and eating plastic free chocolate.
Here are our favorite options for plastic free chocolate
Lindt Excellence chocolate (All variations)
Lindt works towards 100% recyclable packaging. They commit to reducing the packaging waste in production and destruction each year.
Their Lindt Excellence bars come in paper outer and a foil wrap. Both of which are recyclable. There are also vegan options with this brand with 70%, 85%, 90% and 99% cocoa options.
Coop Irresistible Chocolate
The Coop are really leading the way with plastic free chocolate. In fact, in 2021 they developed a plastic free easter egg that flew off the shelves.
Their Irresistible chocolate bar range has been a longstanding favorite of mine. It is reasonably priced and delicious. I love the dark chocolate with orange.
You can recycle the foil wrap as well as the paper cover.
A visit to Amsterdam a few years ago got me hooked on Tonys Chocoloney! This chocolate is not only 100% plastic free (and bloody delicious!) It is also fair trade. They stand for 100% slave free and child labour free chocolate. This is something I can get behind!
I would recommend a taste of the salted caramel option. You can pick it up in Waitrose, Ocado or Sainsburys. Or take a trip to Amsterdam and visit the shop where you can make a tailored bar, help yourself to lots of generous samples and buy as much as your hand luggage can take!
Hip is another brilliant plastic free chocolate brand who are also slave free with strong ethics behind the brand.
Hip also pride themselves on being vegan by using oat milk in their production process. It is creamy and delicious.
Willies Cacoa Truffles
The great thing about Willies Cacoa truffles is they come in plastic free packaging. They aren’t all wrapped individually (that drives me mad!). They are silky, smooth and delicious – and vegan too!
How to find plastic free chocolate?
The best way to find plastic free chocolate is by doing a quick google search. If you are already in the shops, look for cardboard packing which you know can be easily recycled curbside.
Right, I’m off to boil the kettle to enjoy a cup of Oh My Flo and sink my teeth into a bar of Tony’s Chocolonely…
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