Easter is one of the most joyful days of the year and is the perfect excuse to indulge in a little extra chocolate whilst spending quality time with the family. However, while we all love to indulge, there are a few ways you could enjoy an environmentally friendly Easter!
It’s a matter of tradition!
It’s no secret that every family has their own Easter traditions and we think it’s more about making Easter less about consumerism and more about the “magic” in creating lasting memories with your family. I remember when mum would make little bunny footprints using flour and a stencil trailing from the back door to dining table and out the back door again… It’s was always so magical to wake up on Easter Sunday and see the Easter Bunny’s journey through our humble home!
Use organic produce bags as egg baskets
Forget buying a new Easter egg basket, even if it’s from a thrift shop. Use what you have! And we think that organic produce bags (Yep! The ones you use to pick fruits and veggies when doing groceries) make perfect egg basket. Don’t you?
Choose Fairtrade chocolate
Buying Fairtrade Easter eggs and chocolate products helps to protect farming communities in developing countries and makes sure that your products were made under fair, safe and healthy conditions. A few of our favourite Fairtrade chocolate brands are Haigh’s Chocolate, Whittaker’s, Lindt and Cadbury. Don’t forget to compost or recycle aluminum or paper chocolate wrappers!
Avoid buying hot cross buns packaged in plastic
It’s hard to look past all the hot cross buns packaged in plastic and one day we hope that all the big chain supermarkets will boycott packaging fresh bread and bakery items in plastic. Head to your local bakery to see if they have fresh, unpackaged hot cross buns available. Better yet, round up the kids and turn it into a fun activity!
Dye Easter eggs naturally
You can’t do Easter without decorated eggs. And what’s better than naturally dyed eggs? For pink eggs, use beetroot; for orange eggs, use yellow onion skins; for yellow eggs, use turmeric; for dark blue eggs, use blueberries; and for brown eggs, use ground coffee or black tea bags. The steps are simple:
- Combine 2 cups of water and add 2 tbsp white vinegar. Bring to a boil.
- Add your natural ingredients and lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes then allow it to cool.
- Strain the dye before adding the eggs. Let the eggs soak for at least 30 minutes until it reaches your desired colour.
- Remove with tongs and air dry or pat dry with paper towel.
Opt for shredded paper as Easter grass
Green, plastic Easter grass is so last decade. This year, use shredded paper to fill your Easter baskets (or Easter produce bag baskets!). Run any kind of paper through your home shredder – newspaper will work too! Unfortunately, shredded paper cannot be recycled but that’s ok – add it into your compost bin after Easter!
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