How to Green your Easter

How to Green your Easter

Not the St Patricks’ Day way, the treading lightly for the environment way. As they say, every little bit helps … so here are 5 easy ways to green your Easter:

1. Ditch Unnecessary Wrapping

Easter is one of the biggest holidays for chocolates and other types of sweets. These sweets are often wrapped in plastic and cardboard in addition to foil around chocolate Easter eggs for example.  Make choices that avoid unnecessary extra packing in addition to taking your own shopping bags. Go for minimal wrapping or buy in bulk. Even better, make your own, like these chocolate Easter eggs or this lovely Easter Lamb Cake.

2. The Easter Basket Case 

Each Easter, when I was a child, my parents brought out the same Easter baskets & beautifully decorated cardboard eggs to fill them with treats and hide in the house and garden. It was a great tradition we looked forward to and an excellent example of recycling. I inherited some of the decorations so has my sister who in turn has used them with her children. So if you aren’t doing that already, why not start a tradition? Baskets and eggs made of natural materials are most suitable as they are more durable and seem to be getting nicer as they age. Children will come to expect their special basket, tin or paper egg container each year, making it part of a holiday tradition.

3. Egg Colouring

Easter without Easter eggs is unthinkable. So when it comes to colouring your organic free range eggs try and avoid colouring kits that contain undesirable chemicals. Why not make your own colouring kit using plant-based dyes? Spinach, beetroots, turmeric, paprika, blueberries and red cabbage create beautiful spring colours on egg shells without affecting the edible part of the eggs. Check out these ideas for natural dyeing of your Easter eggs.

4. Easter Treats

Surprise, surprise. You don’t only have to give chocolate and Easter eggs. Easter is NOT all about food. There is an entirely different message open for discovery even for the non-religious who are just recharging their batteries over the public holidays. Easter is about the cycle of life and renewal, it’s about the need for sacrifice and hope to achieve positive change.  Not exactly light fare but a good starting point for a discussion about the meaning of life…

5. Show Your Love for Easter Bunnies

The Easter bunny is the prime Easter symbol and terribly cute. It is joined by fluffy chicks and lambs in all shapes and forms. They are lovely baby animals much doted over by their parents, but many won’t get a chance to grow up. The majority of Easter menus will consist of roast lamb, chicken and the occasional rabbit stew. Doesn’t that seem ironic? In addition, bunnies are routinely used in cosmetic testing. So why not go meat free this Easter and give these iconic Easter animals a break? And join Animals Australia ‘Be Sweet to Bunnies this Easter‘ initiative with their own line up of 5 things you can do to celebrate cruelty free Easter!

And the list could go on! And not only are these simple steps good for our planet, they are good for health and spirit!

Happy Easter!

  • Mel

    What a great article Ulrike!

    I’m particularly a fan of No.1, ditching unnecessary wrapping. i can’t believe how much is used for often small items and now you’ve reminded me to choose options that use less.

    • Ulrike Schuermann

      Thanks Mel, I know, there is so much excess wrapping and it is easy to get carried away just because it looks so nice!

    • Thanks Mel, I know, there is so much excess wrapping and it is easy to get carried away just because it looks so nice!

  • We’ll be spending easter in Vietnam this year where there are no easter eggs to be found so wrapping won’t be a problem for us. We’ll sling the kid a couple of Mars Bars and he’ll be in heaven! Interestingly I have a friend who always buys her kids block of chocolate for easter. She says they get a load more chocolate for less money and they are always thrilled!

  • 4Like Mel said, I’m not a fan of the crazy amounts of packaging-over-packaging. And I love the natural food dye ideas!

    Last Easter I did something different: I took passionfruits from the vine and decorated them with Easter egg patterns. Lots of fun!

    • Hi Erin, good idea! I always like to try new things particularly with an imported tradition. Passionfruit, particularly the yellow variety, are shaped much like eggs.

  • I love the idea of using natural dyes! Another alternative we use for our little kiddles was to just let them color on the eggs with crayons.

    Your tip number 5 for showing love for Easter bunnies was different than I thought it would be! I thought it was going to be a caution against buying a baby bunny or chick for the kids (which doesn’t always end well for the baby animal!).

    Thanks for some terrific tips!

    • Hi Brenda,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I didn’t even consider the buying of bunnies and chicks and you are absolutely right, that is a big issue too. Once the reality of cleaning up the mess and looking after those pets set in, it is an entirely different picture. It will definitely go on the next list!

      Ulrike

  • What innovative ideas and thoughts. I like the idea of using real eggs and natural dyes and then having an egg hunt…I loved your Easter lamb cake – that is a new concept to me…I was not aware that people did this for Easter.

  • Oooh cruelty free all the way! To add to this list, buy chocolate that does not contribute to the slave trade i.e. fair trade chocolate. https://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/DTL_Demand_Ethical_Chocolate/Good_Chocolate_Guide_to_Australia_-_FINAL_Feb_2013.pdf

    Also most major brands include palm oil, which is pretty bad for the forests and Orangutans, in NZ you can get Whittikars which I heard is the ONLY brand not to use palm oil although I haven’t verified that.

  • Hi Ulrike
    I really like points 1 and 2. It’s a great way to show environmental support but also a wonderful way to inspire some creativity in children and at this time being school holidays it would be a great activity to get the kids creating their own Easter treats and baskets, things that they could keep for future Easter’s or things they could make to give away as gifts. I think it can actually make the holiday more meaningful.
    Great ideas.
    Johanna

    • Ulrike Schuermann

      Thanks Johanna. And yes, doing things yourself is so much better than 2nd hand experiences which seem to be more of the norm these days.

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  • G’day! What great ideas! Thanks for sharing today!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • Ulrike Schuermann

      Thanks for visiting my blog Joanne!