So much of the Easter stock - pretty much like any holiday, in all fairness! - is just plain wasteful.
Shelves are packed with plastic eggs, cheap Easter baskets meant for one-time use, and chocolate bunnies and eggs first wrapped in foil and then re-packaged in plastic...
So how will we avoid waste during this short yet potentially super wasteful holiday?
As always, my approach here is honest and I won’t be like “oh, my kids will only eat handmade-dairy-free-gluten-free Easter eggs because I’m such a Martha Stewart of Sustainable Living!”... Nah, cut the BS.
The reality will look more like this...
I won’t actively buy the traditional Cadbury eggs - I don't even like them, sorry! - but hey, we have pals, neighbours and even family members that will inevitably want to surprise the boys with a treat here and there.
Ideally, I would know of their intentions beforehand and politely ask them to avoid the trad eggs but hey...
So, my solution here is to ensure that all packaging is disposed of correctly.
- Soft Plastics (like cling film) cannot be recycled so into the General Waste Bin they go
- Cardboard boxes can be recycled as well as rigid plastics - clean, dry and loose, si vous plait!
- Foil (clean and dry!) can be recycled but not in tiny bits. Ensure you can create a large ball the size of your fist and then place it into your Recycling Bin. As you can see here, I keep a little pouch with bits of foil until I have enough to create a ball!
Hosting an Easter Egg Hunt may be the most iconic Easter tradition here at Casa Kane, and we try to keep waste to a bare minimum. Instead of hiding traditional eggs wrapped in foil+plastic+cardboard, we will hide small eggs bought package-free in reusable muslin treat bags, wood toys or even 'experience vouchers' instead. Experience Vouchers are literally handwritten notes with 'Pizza Night' or 'Twister Family Challenge' written on them. For small kids like mine, this sort of thing still does the trick
Skip plastic decorations, shiny garlands and stuff you'll invariably bin on Monday morning. Every year, we draw our favourite Easter elements on a piece of paper - think the Bunny, carrots, eggs - and we colour them together. Easy, fun, inexpensive and planet-friendly #winning
My advice here is the same as always - plan ahead and don't go overboard. It's literally a meal. Maybe a fancier one but still a meal. This year we can't meet our loved ones and that sucks. But it also means that you have total control over what you will serve - what you actually need. Stick to a plan & you should be grand!
Hope this is helpful to some of you & ho-ho.. ops, Happy Easter!