An eco easter.

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!
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Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Elf is another humorous tale written by Aaron Blabey of a pug called pig and his misguided ways.

Pig is very self centred and only thinks of himself and the wonderful gifts he will be getting from Santa. There is no Christmas spirit in Pig and his wish list is metres long! (and quite entertaining). Luckily for the reader, Pig’s selfish ways are dealt with in a humorous fashion with the word BUM getting a good laugh at!

Now Pig the Elf is by no means a book about sustainability or eco living BUT it made me think about how we can get very caught up in what we want for Christmas!

We need to encourage children not to get caught up in the material side of Christmas and this can be tricky with advertisements ramping up, toy catalogues in letterboxes and other children talking about what they want.

Rather than not giving presents (which is quite harsh at this time of year!) try to discuss how we can have a more waste free christmas. There are so many fun ways in which you can create gifts that have a lot more meaning.

  •  Make your own advent calendar
  •  Make your own bath bombs
  • Make your own christmas cards
  • Buy activities rather than gifts (movie tickets, theatre, museums etc)
  • Plant some living gifts
  • Give a book! 
  • Make your own wrapping paper out of scrap paper.
  • Give an eco gift – backyard chooks, worm farm or compost bin!
  • Donate to a charity which helps others or the environment.

 

A change in mindset is possible and I am sure even Pig the Elf could change his mindset if someone sat down with him and helped him to reflect on himself……but then we wouldn’t have anymore humorous tales from Aaron Blabey for next year, would we?