The sun is peeking through the clouds more often, days are getting longer, and our winter coats are back in the wardrobe – Yes! Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner! We know that the traditional family get-together could be a bit overwhelming for the eco-conscious minds.
But fear not! Today, Julia Pargmann, our Brand Partnership Intern at TerraCycle shares 5 tips for a more sustainable Easter!
1. Decorate your home with naturally dyed eggs
Are you looking for a fun, creative activity to keep your kids busy during Easter break? Why not try to dye some eggs naturally this year! There are plenty of ways to dye Easter eggs with foods you might already have at home. Some ideas include beetroot for a pink, turmeric for a mustardy yellow, red cabbage with baking soda for a blue and even coffee for a soft brown! You can find instructions all over the internet and the possibilities are endless. Your kids will love it, and your Easter eggs will be as unique as they will be eco-friendly.
Bonus tip: get your eggs from a local source, as less mileage equals less carbon produced in the process. Find them at your local Farmer’s Market or food co-op!
2. Purchase sustainably sourced chocolate
Swap your regular Easter chocolates for sustainable, fair trade alternatives! They taste just as good but make an oh-so-big difference.
After devouring your yummy treats, make sure to dispose of their packaging correctly. Most aluminum foil and paper can be recycled locally!
3. Use a basket for Easter
What would an egg hunt be without a cute little basket? It’s even better if it’s made from natural materials. You can find second-hand baskets at your local charity shop or ask around in your local community to see if anyone has a spare one. Or why not skip the basket altogether and repurpose an old bucket?
4. Basket fillers
Be a bit greener at Easter this year and include eco-friendly gifts in the Easter baskets. From seed-bombs (a soil ball with seeds in it that can be planted almost anywhere) to sidewalk chalk, gifts that are fun to use and make the world a little bit brighter are always a bonus. It’s spring after all! Get outside, enjoy the sun and plant a few flowers along the way.
5. The Get-Together
If you are lucky enough to have your family and friends around for an Easter party, why not ditch the disposables this year? By turning the feast into a potluck and let everyone BYOP (bring your own plate), you can keep the dreaded washing-up to a minimum whilst maintaining the convenience. That way everyone already has a plate to take home yummy leftovers, too. Yay for less food waste!
We hope you find these tips helpful! If you have other advice for an eco-friendly and zero waste Easter, do not hesitate to share them in the comments section!