Easter is one of those occasions where it is easy to get swept up in the ‘sales pitch’ from the supermarkets and department stores – I mean who doesn’t want to be that perfect family with the dozens of Easter eggs and happy children dancing around a custom made Easter-themed mahogany dining table?
But the reality is that most of what is purchased over Easter will end up in landfill in one way or another (not the chocolate, the chocolate generally ends up in bellies – or thighs in my case) and that happy family? They are acting…literally, you know what really happens? The kids ignore the themed table setting, fight over who got the most eggs, eat most of their chocolate all at once and descend into chaotic meltdowns. My point? It’s not what you buy at Easter which makes for a great Easter, it’s how you spend it and what you do.
Here’s our 5 top tips for having a lower waste Easter:
Be a conscious consumer
Ask yourself, is it the kids that need the mountains of chocolate eggs in plastic, or are you secretly hoping they forget about your stash and you can siphon some off while you catch up on the latest MAFS episode? Yep, I’m onto you guys. By far, being aware of what you are buying and why you are buying it is the first step to cutting down on what you consume.
Go package free
Package free or more eco-friendly options for chocolate do exist, you just have to find them. Source Bulk Foods and other bulk food stores have special lines available during Easter so you can still have your chocolate treats – a jar full of chocolate or eggs is a lovely sight!
If you can’t get to a bulk store, choose eggs and bunnies only wrapped in foil or cardboard. As the foil gets discarded, keep it in a specific jar and roll it up to dispose in the recycling – small bits of foil are not detectable by the recycling scanners.
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Focus on activities
Rather than focusing on presents, focus on doing some activities which bring you together as a family. Here are a few great options:
Egg Decorating – we’re going to use this tutorial by Happy Hooligans to marble some eggs this year.
Make ‘egg’ biscuits – create your own designs on home made Easter Egg biscuits. Here’s a great recipe by Waitrose
And we love these Boho Easter Eggs – you could utilise recycled ribbons to create a similar look. Original tutorial is in German (we think) so click translate to get the full tute.
Start a tradition
Easter for us means pancakes or waffles for breakfast. We have a small Easter egg hunt and then a delicious pancake or waffle breakfast with fresh raspberries, whipped coconut cream and maple syrup or honey – yum! Think about what traditions you have or could start that don’t involve buying a whole lot of things that will get used for the day and then end up in the ‘unused’ pile.
Rebuke the sales pitch
The end of the season is a dangerous time for a bargain shopper and pre-planner like me! The last minute sales, the products slashed to half price….maybe I do need that wooden bunny to display on my table next year? No! Avoid pre-planning during the after-the-event sales as this is likely to get you a whole lotta stuff you don’t need. Unfortunately, that stock may end up in the bin – but until we start sending the message by not purchasing it, the department giants will continue producing them. Time to stop the madness!
I hope that these tips have given you some sustainable ideas for your Easter celebrations this year. Please let us know in the comments if you have your own tips, traditions or ideas for having a low-waste Easter.
Happy Earth sustainable families!