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Your Guide to An Eco Friendly Easter

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Guide to an Eco Friendly Easter

Spring has definitely sprung, and it is nearly Easter already! If you are trying to live a more eco friendly lifestyle, especially with little ones around, occasions like Easter can be tricky. Here are a few tips to make your Easter as guilt-free as possible so you can relax and enjoy the weekend:

  1. Eco Friendly Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are a key part of Easter, especially if you have young children, but they can be an eco-nightmare. Ring up the Easter bunny and let him know that when selecting your Easter eggs, there are a few things you would like him to bear in mind…

  • Fairtrade

Look for Fairtrade certified chocolate to ensure your egg was produced and sourced as ethically as possible. Cocoa farming is guilty of being one of the driving forces of illegal deforestation. Fairtrade means that the cocoa has been farmed sustainably, with no illegal deforestation, and ethically as farmers will be getting a fair wage for their produce.

  • Packaging
Often Easter eggs come wrapped in foil, encased in a hard plastic frame, with some plastic wrapped chocolate, all in a cardboard box. There is a lot of unnecessary plastic here which it can be difficult to get away from. Have a look for plastic-free Easter eggs, there are companies out there which use compostable packaging! Here are just a few to take a look at:
Co Op Irresistible Range (plastic free) - https://www.coop.co.uk/products/easter
For a large collection of eco friendly Easter eggs, check out Ethical Superstore’s Easter section:
  • Recycling
If you can’t avoid plastic packaged eggs, ensure all the packaging can be recycled! Look for the symbol below, which means that the packaging is collected by at least 75% of all UK local authorities:
Recycle Symbol
It is not to be confused with these symbols which do not always mean the packaging is recyclable:
Green Dot Symbol
Plastics Recycling Symbol
  1. Shop local

Whether it is for hot cross buns, Easter biscuits or meat for your Sunday roast, try to shop as locally as possible. Support local bakeries for your Easter treats, you will be helping small businesses and they often use less plastic packaging than supermarkets. Ask your local bakery not to put your hot cross buns in a plastic bag, and instead bring along a Tupperware or a large wax wrap for them! You can find extra large wax wraps specifically for keeping bread fresh on our website here.

If you haven’t made the step to go veggie yet, ensure you are buying good quality meat. Often buying meat from your butcher makes it easier to trace where the meat has come from. Ask your butcher about the meat, whether it was sustainably sourced, sustainably fed and free range.

  1. Get crafty!

Get creative and make eco friendly Easter decorations by using materials you can find around the house which might otherwise end up in the bin, such as egg cartons and loo roll tubes. It is fun for the kids, less wasteful, and brightens up the house! You could even make it into a competition for a fun Easter Sunday activity with the family…which of the characters below do you think are the best?

Guide to an Eco Friendly Easter

After the turbulent times of the past year, it is more important than ever to relax and spend time with family and friends whether over the phone or in person. So for your final and most important tip for an eco friendly Easter - enjoy your Easter weekend! 

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