4 Tips for an eco-friendly Easter

Updated: Apr 3, 2021

1. Re-think the Easter Egg hunt

Hosting an Easter egg hunt may be the most iconic Easter tradition, and there are a few easy ways to make this year’s hunt less wasteful.

Instead of hiding plastic eggs (or real eggs that won’t be eaten), consider hiding wooden eggs or toys insted. These can then be re-used year on year.

Decorating Easter eggs is a decades-old tradition, but using a store-bought kit can be harmful to the environment. Why not try making your own natural egg dyes at home. You can make gorgeous hues from food scraps like red cabbage, tumeric, tea, coffee or even saffron. How stunning are these eggs from @woodlark

If you do use real eggs, you can hollow these out and eat the insides preventing it from going to waste, great for scrambled eggs or Easter bakes this weekend. Use a pin to make a hole either end of the egg, with a slight larger hole at the bottom. Blow through the top hole and the runny raw whites and yolks can drop into a bowl below, then leave to dry. Just note that empty egg shells will be more fragile and might not make the best alternative for clumsier kids (or adults) on the hunt.

2. Reduce your carbon foodprint and avoid food waste

Like most celebrations and holidays, the time is well spent feasting. You can try to lower your impact with some sustainable alternatives.

  • When buying Chocolate try to choose organic and fair-trade. This will ensure that at all stages of production the makers and environment will have been treated fairly. If you have plenty of chocolate eggs left over, why not try to use them in other recipes or melt down with some milk for a luxurious hot choc.

  • Make sure to buy free-range eggs. Note that Cage-free is not the same thing. Cage-free hens might not be in cages but they don't have access to outdoor space either. As above, try not to use real eggs for recreation but there are still plenty of use for egg shells. You can crush these up as a DIY fertilizr, add to your compost. You can even turn eggshells into a powder as a homemade calcium supplement for pets.

  • Lamb, tends to be the meat of choice at this time of year. Why not go for a vegetarian or vegan alternative? The consumption of red meat sure does increase your carbon foodprint. As flexitarians we rarely eat red meat and never beef, maybe consuming it just twice a year, so why not cut it from your regular diet entirely then have it as a treat on occasions like this. To avoid waste, just buy what you need rather than a huge joint that will end up as days of leftovers.

3. Ditch the single-use and plastics

From easter egg baskets (filled with faux plastic grass) to indiviually wrapped chocolates and sweets. Try to avoid items that will add to the pastic problem and throw-away culture. Why not try making your own basket that you can re-use each year or buy a box of chocolates in plastic free packaging.

Easter baskets are also often given to children as gifts this tie of year, filled to the brim with chocolate, sweets and new toys. Rather than teaching your children a culture of materialism, why not give them a gift that you can share or experience together. As outdoor activities have re-started and more set to open over the next couple of months, why not consider a trip to your local park, forest or cooking a meal with natural or foraged ingredients. You could also fill baskets with eco-friendly gifts suh as seed-bombs or giant chalks for drawing on pavement.

4. Re-purpose your old plastic eggs and toys

One thing about going zero waste or plastic-free, is to not immediately bin anything you aready have around the house, as this will simply add to the existing problem as well as landfill. Instead of throwing unwanted plastic eggs away, why not make a wreath or repurpose for other decorations that you can store and re-use each year

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