We love Easter … long weekends, family time, chocolate, and fun.
But we don’t love waste. And unfortunately the two often go hand-in hand — with all of those over-packaged, foil-wrapped, chocolate eggs with big boxes and lots of plastic.
Easter can mean a mountain of waste going to landfill — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Your small changes can make a big difference! Here are a few ideas for a less wasteful Easter.
Alternatives to shop-bought Easter eggs
Make your own chocolate eggs, or use real eggs dyed with natural colouring from blueberries, strawberries and dyes produced by other types of common foods. Or this year replace chocolates with Good Gift vouchers from The Good Registry. Starting at $10, they can be as cheap as chocolates, but are so much more meaningful, full of goodness and packaging-free!.
Minimise waste packaging
Plastic and cardboard packaging can make up more than a quarter of the weight of store-bought Easter eggs. So if you’re buying Easter eggs from the store, try to choose un-boxed eggs, or packaging that is biodegradable or 100 per cent recyclable.
Paper instead of plastic
Instead of stuffing baskets and other easter arrangements with faux plastic grass, choose fillings made out of paper (preferably recycled). If you want to really go green with your Easter arrangements, why not use real grass! It looks so much better than fake grass anyway.
DIY Easter baskets
Another way to have a low-waste Easter is to make your own baskets or egg containers. Rather than buying baskets from a store, use things you have around the home to make your own. You can even weave an Easter egg basket out of paper or dried palm fronds.
Skip plastic wrap
Instead of wrapping gifts or gift baskets with plastic wrap, opt for reusable burlap sacks or leave the baskets bare.
It’s that simple! We’d love to hear any other ideas you have.
If you’d like to add our Good Gift vouchers to your Easter hunt this year, you can find out more here. You’ll be paying forward the Easter goodness to some really good causes :-).
And whatever you do this Easter, we wish you lots of goodness and fun. Enjoy!