Let’s have an eco-friendly Easter holiday!

Hand painted eggs lying in the grass for an Easter egg hunt.

Let's have an Eco-friendly Easter holiday!

We’re all about helping you enjoy a low waste Easter holiday that’s as fun as it is kind to our planet. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and tricks to help you have a delightful, eco-friendly time during the Easter holidays.

Choose eco-friendly Easter eggs

Unwrapped chocolate Easter eggs

Easter just wouldn’t be the same without those scrumptious chocolate eggs. However, many come wrapped in excessive plastic packaging. To reduce waste without sacrificing easter enjoyment, choose Easter eggs with minimal or recyclable packaging. Some supermarkets now offer low-waste Easter eggs, or you may find an independent shop locally that sells Easter treats without the packaging. Or, get adventurous in the kitchen and make your own chocolate treats! 

Top tip: egg-shaped molds can be used to make your own Easter eggs at home year after year. And who doesn’t love a homemade Easter nest made from cornflakes and mini eggs?

DIY Easter decorations

A top-down photograph showing two pairs of hands of an adult and child painting eggs for Easter.

Shop-bought decorations aren’t the only way to brighten up your home for Easter! Get creative and reduce waste by making your own decorations from reusable and recyclable materials. Scrap paper, old magazines and paint will do the trick, or take it up a level and transform fabric scraps or old clothes into vibrant bunting. 

Top tip: why not experiment with egg decorating using natural dyes made from fruits, vegetables, or spices? This could be a lovely opportunity to involve the whole family in an afternoon activity.

Sustainable egg hunt

A basket full of painted eggs and wooden eggs with a hand-written sign saying 'Easter egg hunt'.

Easter egg hunts are fun at any age. But this year, see if you can ditch the disposable plastic basket for your egg hunt for choose a more sustainable option. Decorate a container you already own with spring flowers, or find a second-hand basket online. You can even craft a DIY basket using an old shoebox or fabric. 

If you usually hunt for plastic treat-filled eggs instead of chocolate, swap these reusable wooden or fabric eggs. If you want, you can fill hollow eggs with small, sustainable treats or spring seeds for planting. 

Top tip: hide real eggs that you can decorate after you’ve collected them. Or, decorate the eggs first and make the hunt last longer by challenging everyone to find eggs of a certain colour, or eggs with spots, then stripes and so on. 

Mindful meal planning

A top-down view through the branches of a tree showing a group of people having lunch at a picnic table.

What does Easter Sunday look like in your home? Do you cook a traditional Sunday roast or host a potluck with friends? Easter feasts are delicious, but can generate a lot of food waste if not planned carefully. To minimise waste, plan your menu in advance and only buy what you need. Find out more about reducing food waste.

Top tip: don’t forget to store leftovers in reusable containers and use Big Oven’s leftover recipe finder to cook up delicious new meals the next week.

Hopefully you can see that an eco-friendly Easter holiday doesn’t mean skimping on fun or tradition. By making mindful choices, you can celebrate Easter (and get through the school holiday) in a way that’s both joyful and eco-friendly.

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