Plan an eco.friendlier easter
Spring is finally here, with longer and brighter days and warmer temperatures. One of the things to come as spring approaches is Easter. For those making the commitment to live greener lives, Easter can present a few moments of unease. These green ideas will help you stay true to the traditions of Easter, without causing unintentional harm to the planet.
A few years ago the UK government’s Waste Advisory Body, Wrap, calculated that the 80 million Easter eggs brits buy each year come with around 3,000 tonnes of packaging – a significant amount of it plastic waste. But it is almost impossible to celebrate Easter without the Easter eggs. Many people enjoy filling Easter eggs with candy and toys. Instead of chocolate bunnies this year, go for rich organic treats instead. Another option kids love is fresh fruit, or consider making your own easter treats. Another great idea for filling the eggs involves garden tools and seeds, children love planting things and watching them grow. When it comes to the egg itself, try to buy something timeless that can last for several years without you or your children getting tired of it. An option is to swap your Easter eggs with your friends or family members to get some variation from last Easter.
Always remember to reduce consumption, reuse and recycle, and when you have to purchase something, purchase quality eco.friendly products.
Avoid purchasing plastic, short-lived decorations, instead look for long-lasting decorations that are either fair trade or green products. Decorate the house with self-painted eggs, daffodils and a bowl filled with organic candy. For the self-painted eggs try natural dye kits, and for those who have a little more time to invest in creating eggs is to create your own egg coloring using natural ingredients. Search for tutorials online and create a fun Easter activity with friends and family.
Traveling for easter
An important consideration is travel. If you are flying home for Easter, consider purchasing carbon offsets to reduce your carbon footprint, and look for other alternatives like train or bus. If driving, consider traveling in hybrid vehicles. Another thing you could consider to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling is to pack your own food, drinks, and snacks. This will help to reduce the waste associated with fast food and grocery store snacks. It only takes a little extra time to prepare, and gives you healthier, greener food while you are on the go.
For us Norwegians Easter is often associated with snow, skiing, good food and getting as much sun as possible. It is important to use ski wax without fluoride to avoid exposing both yourself and the nature to harmful substance. Buy eco.friendly and health friendly sunscreen, it is both good for you and the environment. Try to buy local food to support the local farmers and diaries, and skip the long-distance shipped food. When you know where your food comes from you can be confident that your food is a good choice for the planet.
It is the small steps ordinary people make each and every day to live greener lives that are having the biggest impact on our planet. We hope you will make this Easter a little greener and try some of the eco.friendly tips above. Happy Easter!
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