Australians across the country will be celebrating Easter and enjoying the holiday weekend with family & friends.
If you’re looking for Easter gift ideas, hosting dinner, or planning a last minute getaway, your purchases of gifts, food, wine, chocolate and even accommodation could be giving back to Australian Charities.
Plan your Easter menu and have your food delivered right to your door by Woolworths or Harris Farm and you could be raising $12.50 for a cause. Order your beer and wine with Dan Murphy’s or BWS and you could be contributing up to 5% of your purchase to charity. Order a chocolate bouquet from Edible Blooms or browse for gifts at the Body Shop or Smiggle and raise up to 6.5%. Book your weekend accommodation with Booking.com or Expedia and your travel plans could be raising up to 12.5%!
If you’re all in for an ethical Easter, you can shop for palm oil free products at Biome, toxin free gifts at Nourished Life or take advantage of the 20% off everything sale at Oxfam (today only!) and raise up to 5% for charity.
Shop it Forward makes it easy to be charitable and to give back to others. It is an opportunity this Easter for you to raise much needed funds for Australian charitable organisations for free. When you shop online, browse our 500+ retail partners and choose to shop through our website. You can shop with you favourite retailers and they’ll contribute a portion of what you spend. It’s that simple.
Give thanks by giving back to others this Easter! Take a few moments out of your day and check out how your online shopping at Shop it Forward can really start making an impact for Australian Charities this Easter.
Palm Oil in Chocolate
If you would like to take this opportunity to learn more about palm oil in chocolate and other products, and how you can make environmentally friendly choices this Easter please read on.
Palm oil production is the number one cause of deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia, destroying animal and human habitats and contributing to global warming. According to Rainforest Rescue, Indonesia’s oil palm plantations alone already cover nine million hectares.
This Easter is the perfect opportunity to exercise our consumer choice not only around chocolate but other foods and products ranging from frozen pizza to margarine, laundry detergents, cleaning agents and cosmetics. Palm oil is a hidden ingredient in almost every way it is used, and it is listed under 100’s of different names. It’s important to note that not all palm oil is bad palm oil. If you’re interested in learning more, head over to Palm Oil Investigations. They have an excellent guide for palm oil free certified shops like Biome and everyday products you’ll find at Woolworths. They also offer a free barcode scanner app for ios and Android.
If you’re planning on purchasing Easter chocolate and prefer to choose palm oil free, you can make a quick check of the labels for these ingredients:
Vegetable oils or fats (not always but often is if the oil is not specified)
Emulsifier (E471 is palm unless stated it is soy)
Humectant / Glycerol (mainly 422 is more often than not palm)
Happy Easter to ALL!