The day for Easter eggs and bunnies draws near. Easter, just like other holidays, generates an increased amount of trash.
There’s always a greener way to celebrate any holiday.
This week’s blog is about the Green Easter Endeavor, a Project Greenify challenge to all its readers to go zero waste this Easter.
The Green Easter Endeavor will focus on giving out tips and tricks to replace non-sustainable aspects associated with the celebration of Easter.
Ready to take on the challenge? Read on!
How to Have a Low or Zero Waste and Ethical Easter?
Every holiday celebration sees an increase in trash and waste. With this, the biggest goal is to minimize, if not entirely avoid, trash-generating activities this Easter.
Here Are Some Tips to Help You Achieve a Low to Zero Waste, Ethical Easter:
- Decorate less – Easter celebrates a deeper intention; for Christians, it’s remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ, for non-Christians it’s a day to celebrate new life and new beginnings. It is important to remember the intention behind the celebration and decorate only to an appropriate level. This helps you save money, avoid generating unnecessary waste, and refocusing the holiday on what it really celebrates.
- Use recycled items for décor – This is a no brainer tip. When it comes to sustainability, recycling is the best way to go.
- Purchase your Easter gifts from ethical sources – Some brands mass-produce treats and other chocolate products to meet the commercial demand during the season of Easter. To promote ethical purchasing, make sure to look into ethical brands that either go green in their manufacturing process or source their ingredients from ethical suppliers.
What Can I Use Instead of Plastic Easter Eggs?
Most of us consider Easter eggs a holiday staple. To practice sustainability, you can always decorate actual eggshells instead of their plastic counterparts.
The vital step in this process is learning how to preserve eggshells properly so that the whole shell remains whole and intact. The key is to learn how to blow out eggs instead of cracking them. As long as the tools you use are clean, the egg’s contents are okay for cooking and eating. This method ensures nothing is wastefully thrown away.
Natural Egg Dye Kit
Beautiful plant-based dyes
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How to Blow Out Eggs?
Blowing out eggs involves creating two small holes on each opposite edge of the egg with the use of any small pointed object such as a needle or skewer. A big needle is ideal for this project. The hole must be big enough to allow the needle to poke through the yolk. Mix the yolk with the egg white by stirring the needle around in circular motions or through shaking the egg (while covering both holes). To push out the egg’s contents, you must blow air into the shell through the small hole on one side.
Run the empty shell through cold water to clean the shells both inside and outside. It would be helpful to wash them with dishwashing soap to make sure they are thoroughly cleaned. If water remains inside the shell, blow out the excess water with a straw. Leave them to dry.
Once they’re dry, they’re ready for painting and coloring.
How to Create a Zero Waste Easter Basket?
It may be a challenging pursuit to go zero waste on this year’s Easter gifts, however, the best attempt in doing so is through choosing sustainable alternatives.
Here are some green alternatives you may want to try out:
- Baskets made from recycled material – Milk boxes, egg trays, and scratch paper are excellent materials for DIY basket crafts. Old baskets lying around the house are good alternatives too.
- Skip the plastic covering – Instead of enclosing your Easter basket in a plastic outer covering, opt to top it off with a ribbon or origami piece. It achieves the same level of creativity without the extra non-biodegradable waste.
- Wrap your gift items in (scratch) paper – Wrap your gifts with newspaper or scratch paper instead of store-bought wrapping paper. This may even add a creative flair to your Easter gift basket.
Which Chocolate Easter Eggs Are Ethical?
Chocolate Easter eggs are one of the most famous treats during Easter. Make sure to buy from brands that source their cocoa and other ingredients ethically.
Brands that ethically-source their ingredients ensure that the product is manufactured in responsible and sustainable ways. Products that use fair trade chocolate especially take ethical sourcing to the next step, not only through ensuring high-quality manufacturing standards but through specifically partnering with marginalized producers to help them have better access to the market.
There are numerous Fair Trade and Ethically-sourced chocolate in the market today. Here is a list of brands to look out for:
Fair Trade Easter Chocolates and Treats (Listed by the Fairtrade Foundation):
- Hot Cross Bun Easter Egg by Divine –
These milk chocolate “mini eggs” are made from fair trade cocoa sourced from family farmers in Ghana. They are also organic and palm oil-free.
- The Fairer Dark Chocolate Easter Egg by Traidcraft –
This is a vegan-friendly treat made with dark chocolate and topped with finely chopped hazelnut. The product is marketed to contain a fair trade surprise once cracked open.
Wooden Unpainted Eco-Eggs
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Ethical Chocolate Easter Eggs (Listed by Natracare):
- Organic Chocolate Truffles Treats by Booja Booja –
This vegan chocolate Easter egg treat is dairy-free, gluten-free, and certified organic. The product comes in hand-painted eco-friendly packaging instead of single-use plastic. Booja Booja works closely with the artisans in Kashmir to help boost the declining art industry in their area.
- Eco Egg by Montezuma –
These Easter sweets come in 100% environmentally friendly packaging. In fact, Montezuma’s products all come in packaging that is either recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable.
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