Day 77 / 365

I was gearing up to gather together some eco, ethical, palm-oil free and vegan chocolate treats myself, but one of the many talented writers within the Ethical Writer's Coalition published one to perfection yesterday, so I happily syndicated her wonderful words. The author of this piece, Stephanie Villano, writes a blog called My Kind Closet, which focuses on sustainable living and the vegan lifestyle, you'll find her original post here as well as many other thoughtful posts. Below are her words.

Holidays typically mean a lot of eating and a lot of gift giving, but no other holiday really corners the candy market (well, except Halloween) quite like Easter. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter you’ve probably chomped the head off a chocolate Easter bunny, or indulged in a cream egg (before you went vegan, of course).

It’s fun to get into the holiday spirit and gift friends and family with Easter baskets filled with themed treats, or to have fun with the younger members of your tribe with an Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately, this creates a lot of unnecessary waste and a lot of the typical store bought Easter themed candy contains non-vegan ingredients and palm-oil.

So, what’s an eco-conscious gal to do with only a few days until Easter?

If you act quickly, there’s still time to make a more environmentally and vegan friendly holiday with these 4 options:

Gift Easter themed marshmallow treats from Long Island City, NY based Sweet and Sara are available for purchase online, or if they can’t ship to you in time, check out the stockiest list on their site to see if there is a retailer near you!
*Some of their products contain ingredients with palm oil, as they use Earth Balance, but these marshmallows do not.

Wrapped in compostable eco-plastic bags, everyone is sure to love these adorable vegan bunnies available in solid chocolate, or peanut butter mousse filling. They also have a tastier organic version of the ubiquitous Cadbury Cream Egg (which is no bueno on the eco + ethical list). You can buy these individually or buy a basket wrapped in a handmade porcelain basket.  SHOP HERE

These plant-based, compostable eco-eggs are a much more environmentally friendly alternative to the typsical fillable plastic eggs sold everywhere. FIND THEM HERE

Treats are delicious, but you could give a loved one or friend a more meaningful and enduring Easter gift by virtually adopting  one of the beautiful orangutan’s rescued by International Animal Rescue in Indonesia. Many of the animals rescued by and in the care of IAR are victims of the palm oil industry and the catastrophic effects it has had on their habitat. Adopting on of the orangutans, like adorable Gunung or Budi , enables IAR to continue their priceless work and rescue efforts. You can choose a digital or postal adoption pack. Both packs come with an adoption gift certificate, photo of your adopted animal, fact sheet, and exclusive updates on your animal throughout the year.  The difference in the adoption packs is that the postal adoption pack comes with the choice of receiving a plush toy orangutan. ADOPT HERE