The packaging of popular Christmas chocolates can make up almost half the total weight, according to new research by Which?.
Which? looked at the top 13 best-selling boxes of chocolates and found that Ferrero Rocher Collection was the worst offender with 42 per cent of the total weight taken up by packaging and only 11 per cent of that packaging being recyclable.
Thorntons Continental Selection came in second with packaging taking up 29.4 per cent of the whole weight and Cadbury’s Milk Tray third with 22.6 per cent. However, the recyclable components were 87 per cent and 93 per cent respectively.
On the other hand, Lindt Lindor Mix only contained 11.5 per cent packaging, with only the individual chocolate wrappers not being recyclable. Marks & Spencer The Big One
Selection has the least packaging at just 8.5 per cent, although you would only be able to recycle 71 per cent of it.
Which? found you could recycle over 80 per cent of the packaging of the majority of popular chocolate boxes. However, there was confusion when asking people what the different recycling symbols meant and how they would actually go about recycling.
Half (48%) wrongly identified the green dot, that is regularly found on packaging, as a sign that the packaging can be recycled. The green dot actually means that the manufacturer pays into a recycling scheme, and the packaging may not be suitable for recycling.
Nikki Stopford, Director of Research and Publishing at Which?, said:
“For many of us the indulgent look of these festive chocolate boxes is synonymous with the Christmas season.
“We are more aware than ever of the impact that we’re having on the world around us – so we want our research to help people to make the right choices for them and to understand how to dispose of packaging in the most eco-friendly manner.”
- Boxes of chocolates are often individually wrapped in foil, which is marked as recyclable on the box. Foil wrappers can be recycled but you need to make a bundle of at least 4cm in diameter for it to actually be identified at the recycling centre.
- The plastic tubs that Celebrations, Roses, Quality Street, Heroes, Morrisons Mega Mix and Chocolate Treats by Sainsbury’s are made of PET 1. This is the same plastic that water and soft drinks bottles are made of. Easily recycled, this is collected by 99% of local authorities.
- For more advice on recycling and what you can and can’t recycle, head over to the Recycle Now website.
Full table of chocolate packaging weight
|Chocolate||Weight in packaging (g)||Packaging weight (g)||Percentage packaging|
|Ferrero Rocher Collection 359g||642||272||42.4%|
|Waitrose Christmas Chocolate
|Thorntons Continental Selection 284g||408||120||29.4%|
|Cadbury’s Milk Tray 360g||470||106||22.6%|
|Mars Malteser Teasers 275g||364||70||19.2%|
|Chocolate Treats By Sainsburys 650g||806||154||19.1%|
|Mars Celebrations 650g||812||150||18.5%|
|Cadbury’s Heroes 660g||808||144||17.8%|
|Cadbury’s Roses 660g||810||144||17.8%|
|Nestle Quality Street 720g||846||130||15.4%|
|Morrisons Mega Mix 1.05kg||1216||162||13.3%|
|Lindt Lindor Assorted Mix 384g||384||44||11.5%|
|Marks & Spencer The Big One
Full table of recyclable packaging
|Chocolate box||Weight in packaging (g)||Percentage easily recyclable|
|Waitrose Christmas Chocolate Favourites 240g||356||96.3%|
|Cadbury’s Milk Tray 360g||470||92.5%|
|Lindt Lindor Assorted Mix 337g||384||90.9%|
|Mars Celebrations 650g||812||90.7%|
|Cadbury’s Roses 660g||810||90.3%|
|Cadbury’s Heroes 660g||808||88.9%|
|Mars Malteser Teasers 275g||364||88.6%|
|Chocolate Treats By Sainsburys 650g||806||88.3%|
|Thorntons Continental Selection 284g||408||86.7%|
|Nestle Quality Street 720g||846||83.1%|
|Morrisons Mega Mix 1.05kg||1216||81.5%|
|Marks & Spencer The Big One Selection 600g||662||71.4%|
|Ferrero Rocher Collection 359g||642||11%|