31/03/2015

10 Eggs-cellent Ways to Make Your Easter Sustainable

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As with every holiday season, most of us will spend this weekend enjoying a few days’ break, meals with family and friends, and a whole lot of unnecessary waste. The former are great, the latter ; not so much! This Easter make your break a more sustainable and environmentally friendly one.

Here are ten ways you can start. Whether you pick one to focus on this year or decide to tackle all ten, we hope you and the planet enjoy a sustainable Easter.

1. Recycle your Easter egg wrappings properly.

All aluminium foil wrappers from chocolate Easter eggs are recyclable. After the excitement of giving them out, make sure to gather up all the foil and smoosh it into a big ball to go in the recycling bin. Foil that enters the recycling in little scraps and pieces doesn’t get picked up, so conserve the resources you can by scrunching wrappers together. An easy way to do this is to keep a bowl on the table or kitchen and ask everyone to put their empty wrappers in the bowl, then once there is a significant amount of foil in there, scrunch it all together before throwing it in the recycling bin.

2. Opt for sustainably sourced, fair trade chocolate with NO palm oil.

By buying fair trade, sustainable chocolate, you’re not only getting delicious, good quality chocolate – you’re also making a difference to the working and living standards for cocoa farmers, their families and communities. Fairtrade lists fair trade choices and has a location search to find fair trade products near you. 1 Million Women has just released a blog about which chocolates do and don’t contain palm oil.

3. If painting your own Easter eggs, use natural dyes.

Harsh chemicals are not friendly to the environment, so if you’re painting Easter eggs, choose plant-based natural dyes. Some suggestions are spinach, beetroot, turmeric, paprika and blueberries. You might be surprised at how effective these are – and they are undeniably fun to experiment with. Care2 has a few ideas on how to get started making your own dyes.

4. Choose alternative ‘eggs’ for decoration.

There are so many options out there instead of real eggs for Easter celebrations –  anything from wooden, to ceramic, glass, etc. The choices are endless!

5. Look for chocolate with the least packaging.

Equally as important as correctly recycling your packaging is choosing Easter treats that have the least packaging to begin with (think only tin foil, not layers of plastic and cardboard).

6. Make a locally sourced Easter meal.

Everyone loves a good holiday meal, so why not make your dishes out of locally sourced food? This way you support local suppliers, and minimise the meal’s carbon footprint by reducing transport efforts. Check out Local Harvest for places to source ingredients!

7. Take your children to a local farm to help them understand ‘Farm to Table’ processes.

Get the family together, and take them to a nearby farm. Getting out into nature helps children gain an understanding of how their food gets from the farm to table, and emphasises the need for supporting local produce.

Local Harvest also has a section dedicated to this on their website.

8. Make your own Easter baskets out of recycled materials.

If you’re a little bit creative, or enjoy a bit of craft on the side, why not create recycled Easter decorations? Here are 29 Recycled Easter Decoration Ideas you could try. Everyone loves a thoughtful, homemade gift!

9. Start a new tradition.

Holidays often call upon old family tradition, but there’s a lot to be said for starting up something new, with a sustainable theme. You could choose a tree or flower to plant in your garden each year, or start a veggie patch which you add to every Easter.

10. Make a donation to a charity of your family’s choice.

Holidays are also a wonderful time to reflect on our lives and experience gratitude for everything we have. This Easter consider making a donation to a charity of your choice, or a local environmental cause. You’ll  feel great for helping out, and you’ll have a positive impact on the issue you choose.

Happy (Green) Easter!

 

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