April is the month for spending time with loved ones, enjoying the extra days off, watching the little ones get wrapped up in an Easter egg hunt, and eating a copious amount of chocolate.
It’s times like the Easter long weekend that we can often get carried away with celebrations and lose sight of our environmental goals.
Going green this Easter doesn’t mean giving up the things you love - it just means making small changes that can have a big impact on our planet in the long run.
Here are our top tips to improve your eco-friendliness this Easter:
1. Recycle your wrappers
Did you know that the alfoil wrapped around Easter eggs is 100% recyclable?
The best way to recycle your Easter egg wrappers is to keep all of the wrappers together, scrunch them all into a ball, and place in the recycling bin. This way, the small bits of foil won’t get lost in the recycling process.
2. Reduce food waste
Big lunches with loved ones can lead to over-catering, a fridge full of leftovers, and a bin full of disposable packaging.
Instead, make sure to plan your meals in advance and buy your groceries accordingly. Better yet, take stock of what’s in the fridge or the pantry and make the most of what you already have.
If you do end up with leftovers, divvy these up between your friends and family so that nothing goes to waste.
3. DIY your decorations
Say goodbye to plastic Easter decorations, like grass, eggs, and baskets – which will ultimately end up in landfill.
Instead, get crafty with the kids and DIY your Easter decorations. For example, instead of using a plastic basket to collect eggs, why not weave your own basket or decorate a cardboard box?
Not only is this a better alternative for our environment – but it’s also a great way to save money and spend quality time with the family.
4. Shop sustainably
Easter can be a tough time for smaller, local retailers – so when choosing Easter eggs and hot cross buns, make sure to support your local chocolatiers and bakeries.
Better yet, try opting for sustainable chocolate brands that prioritise fair trade, ethically sourced cocoa.
If your family buys Easter gifts for one another, consider opting for sustainable gifts this year – like reusable household products, experience vouchers, or gifts for the garden.