Regardless of what traditions you follow, the spiritual meaning of Easter is a time for remembrance, resetting and reconnection with all that we are grateful for. To honor this celebration of life, let's endeavour to be fully present and create new memories with our loved ones this long weekend, because sometimes work can wait! And may we also be mindful to enjoy this time in sustainable and nature loving ways.
From recycling your foil Easter egg wrappers to fighting food waste, here are 10 ways you can and your family can have fun together and be more sustainable this Easter.
1. Only use what you need.
We often find ourselves using excess packaging that we simply don’t need, like buying fresh produce wrapped in soft plastic bags and using single-use plastic cutlery for takeaway meals. Avoid unnecessary single-use plastic where possible by mindfully assessing what you really need and what you don’t.
2. Recycle right
Recycle each part of your Easter packaging using the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL), and remember to check it before you chuck it every time you are at the bin:
- Easter egg foil – foil is made from aluminium which is 100% recyclable. Collect, scrunch into a golf ball sized-ball and recycle in your kerbside bin,
- Hot cross buns soft plastic wrapper – collect and return to your local Woolworths or Coles supermarket using a REDcycle bin,
- Cardboard – flatten and recycle in your kerbside bin.
3. Enjoy simple at home and/or in nature activities
Get your family into the great outdoors and connected to nature with fun activities like bush, beach or park walks, bird & insect spotting, planting bulbs or seeds, wildflower identifying, starting an indoor herb garden, making a bird bath and/or bug hotel, flower pressing, these fun activities can be enjoyed by everyone..
3. Make a sustainable pledge
Did you know more than 3000 tons of plastic waste is produced from Easter eggs each year? Set your family a sustainable challenge – like starting a soft plastics collection! Collect your soft plastics and drop them off at your local supermarket using a REDcyle bin so they can be recycled right.
4. Fight food waste
Plan ahead and cater for your group size, use all parts of your produce and take leftovers home with you. Make homemade pesto or sauce using garden herbs, leftover jars and takeaway containers, bake homemade hot cross buns or gingerbread using pantry staples.
5. Choose products with packaging made from recycled materials
When we recycle right, we help to keep valuable materials in circulation so they can be used to make new products. By looking out for and buying products with packaging made from recycled materials at the supermarket, you can help to reduce the time and energy needed to collect raw materials to make new packaging from scratch.
6. Art attack
Get creative! Make sustainable decorations that reuse old clutter around the house, like creating an Easter Bunny basket using cardboard boxes and shredded paper.
7. Grow your own
Get your hands dirty! Separate the odds and ends of your leftover produce and plant them into small pots. Water and watch them grow. This a great activity for the kids and will teach them about where their food comes from. My favourites are spring onions and tomatoes!
8. Keep it local
Being sustainable can also include putting steps in place to reduce your carbon footprint. Stay local this Easter and take part in a fun, family-friendly community event in your area.
Make the most of your household food and garden waste by setting up a compost bin such a Subpod. This will help to fertilise your garden, balcony box or pot plants – not to mention keep the wildlife that lives there happy!
We hope you find some of these suggestions helpful.:-)
How do you plan on spending your Easter weekend?