A class of year five and six children at a primary school in Cambridgeshire have been campaigning for less plastic to be used on Easter egg packaging.
The children in Oak class at Rackham Primary School near Ely have been learning about plastic waste and how it's getting into the ocean. It's part of their topic this term called 'The Blue Planet'.
They've carried out investigation work into the different types of egg packaging and have written to their local MP as well as a few of the big chocolate companies to ask if something can be done about it.
The figures for plastic waste are worrying. According to Greenpeace:
- 50% of plastic is only used once and then thrown away
- 12.7 million tonnes ends up in the ocean each year
The children have had responses from Lindt in Switzerland and Thorntons in Derbsyhire.
Cadbury said one of the key areas where it had eliminated packaging is in Easter eggs where the amount of carton packaging had been reduced by more than a half in ten years coupled with the removal of PVC shells.
Parent company Mondelez said it had also managed to develop Easter egg packaging that can be recycled while protecting the egg inside.