Another Easter rolls around and all we seem to see in the shops are hot cross buns and easter eggs! Not that this is a bad thing but it is starting to become more and more consumer driven rather than about the meaning behind Easter. Whether you are christian or not – Easter shouldn’t be about the foil covered, plastic boxed easter eggs. It should be a celebration of new life.
There are many ways we can start to change our habits and not make Easter another environmental disaster – AND still have fun! Most Easter eggs are covered in foil which isn’t recyclable and also boxed in plastic which is also not recyclable.
So what can you do? Perhaps try these swaps this year to make your Easter a little bit more eco-friendly!
- We all love chocolate so keep the chocolate! But can you source locally made or fair trade chocolate?
- Buy an Easter book! A book is a gift that keeps on giving.
- Make your own Homemade chocolates! Melt some bulk bought chocolate (if you buy in bulk there is little or no packaging from whole food stores) into moulds. The children can wake up to a jar of homemade chocolates instead of store bought eggs.
- Use bunny prints instead of an Easter egg trail.
- Buy seeds or flowers – these represent new life and many seeds planted now will be stunning flowers in Spring!
- Replace plastic eggs with felt or knitted eggs (many of these can be sourced online).
- Donate to the Bilby foundation instead of buying Easter eggs for the Adults in your life.
- Make your own Homemade Hot Cross Buns!