Avoid egg-cess waste this Easter with our simple steps to help you celebrate more sustainably.
Victorians are tipped to spend $97 each at the shops this Easter, according to research by Roy Morgan. That’s a lot of chocolate! Avoid egg-cess waste with these simple steps to help you celebrate more sustainably.
Have you gone overboard with the chocolate bunnies and eggs? The good news is that aluminium foil wrapping is 100% recyclable. Individual pieces of foil can sometimes be sorted as paper and contaminate our recycling, so be sure to scrunch your foil wrappers together into a ball roughly the size of your fist before you recycle them. You can also put foil wrappers inside an aluminium can and pop them into the recycling bin together. Just remember to squeeze the top of the can together to prevent them falling out.
When buying chocolate, be a good egg and choose more ethical options. Look out for local, certified organic, fairtrade, palm oil-free and Rainforest Alliance chocolate to minimise the impact on both the producers and our planet. Many mainstream manufacturers now support Australian fauna and flora conservation by producing chocolate bilbies instead of bunnies. And if seafood will be appearing on your table for Good Friday, be sure it’s sustainably sourced and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. Check out 5 questions to ask when shopping sustainably for food.
Easter can be an expensive time for young families with school events and other celebrations. Instead of buying new bunny ears and plastic Easter baskets, make your own from household items like cardboard boxes, newspaper, toilet-paper rolls and old fabric. Be sure to use eco-friendly art supplies where you can, and avoid plastic glitter which is harmful to both our bodies and our environment.
Another way to reduce waste is to dye or hand-paint eggs rather than forking out for Easter decorations. Look to nature for dye alternatives and raid your kitchen for red cabbage, turmeric, spinach, onion skins or coffee to create some truly spectacular results. When blowing your eggs, be sure to keep the leftover yolk and white for an omelette or some Easter baking to minimise food waste. You could also purchase wooden or felt eggs and use them year after year.
Family celebrations can generate a lot of waste and Easter is no egg-ception. When it comes to shopping, think quality over quantity and be sure your items will have a use beyond just one long weekend. And if you have some time up your sleeve, consider where you can make certain things yourself, like hot cross buns.