What's going on News Too much chocolate isn't always a good thing Packaging? Pack it in As an adult, it’s easy to forget how amazing Easter was as a kid. Yeah, you get a few weeks off school and the weather was normally nice enough to play out, but the true joy of Easter was receiving more chocolate than one knew what to do with. Obviously as a grown up I can buy chocolate whenever I want so it is slightly less exciting but there’s still something special about the abundance of crème eggs in shops and the way that thinner chocolate just tastes so good. The issue we have, moving into an age where people are increasingly aware of their own impact on the environment, is the hugely unnecessary packaging. A recent study found that a quarter of the weight of most Easter eggs was packaging. The large Thorntons egg (bit classy for me) is nearly 40% packaging – that’s nearly as bad as those individual oranges you see with plastic around them! We have to do more as a society to enjoy chocolate for one day a year without creating so much waste! In the UK we produce about 11.5 million tonnes of packaging waste every year, and despite the government’s future plans for plastic free aisles and more encouragement than ever to recycle – manufacturer’s need to do better, as do we. If you’re not recycling your cardboard, foil or plastic this Easter – what on earth is wrong with you! Anyway – I see this as an excuse to buy (myself) a few Cadbury’s Twirl eggs next week as they contain the least packaging (under 20%) and I can pretty much guarantee 0% chocolate wastage, so… Our base of operations, the Forest Centre, sits at the heart of the Forest and as an environmental charity we strive to do everything we can to run it as sustainably as possible. We have a wind turbine, photo-voltaic panels and a biomass boiler - read more about how we keep things green here, or call 01234 767037 or send us an email to find out more.