Because having a cracking Easter doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
Rebecca Sellitti shares her tips for a green Easter, and they don’t involve donning an Easter bunny costume and getting wasted (sadly)…
When I was a child, Easter Sunday was always my favorite of the holidays. I got to don my frilliest white dress, go on scavenger hunts, and consume my weight in chocolate while simultaneously staining aforementioned dress. Good times.
And seeing as Easter is almost upon us, I’ve been prompted to try to make my bunny day a bit greener. And being the generous person I am, I’ve decided to share my tips for how to have an eco-friendly Easter…
Go Fair Trade on your Easter eggs
Next to the religious aspects of the holiday, chocolate is what Easter is best known for. Chocolate Bunnies, jelly beans, cream eggs… Gosh, I’m hungry. Well this year, look for candies that are organic and/or use fair trade methods.
I suggest ordering a chocolate egg courtesy of Divine Chocolates. This fair trade chocolate company is 45% owned by the cocoa farmers, ensuring the farmers significant profits for the beans they grow. Divine Chocolate products are also free of preservatives and artificial colouring, making them an all-round ideal eco-friendly choice. Most importantly, their confections are the very personification of delicious decadence.
Eggs to Dye For
First thing’s first. Make sure you only purchase cage-free farm fresh eggs. Try buying them from a Co-operative Food Store. This supermarket chain has won the Good Egg Award on account of their practice of only selling eggs harvested using the most ethical practices. Once you’ve acquired some ‘good eggs’ the real fun can begin. Purists may try to create homemade food dye by extracting colours from foods like beets and blueberries. I’ve got to tell you,that sounds like a lot of work. For lazy folk like myself, I suggest using Nature’s Flavours Vegan Food Colouring to dye eggs.
Impress with an eco-friendly Dress
Thanks to Global Cool, I was discovered H&M’s Conscious Collection – a line composed entirely of green materials such as organic cotton, Tencel, and recycled polyester. They have loads of great designs that are a little bit kinder to the planet that your usual purchases.
Check out all their lovely Spring pieces like this Frilled Blouse (pictured right) that’s under £20!
Say NO to ‘Easter Pets’
Some unenlightened individuals still purchase baby bunnies, chicks, and ducklings for the Easter holiday. While these creatures are adorable as babies, it’s important to remember that all animals grow up, just as Knut did. Love-struck impulse buyers are ill-prepared for the amount of work required to care for a barnyard pet and wind up abandoning their furry friends soon after their cuteness wears off.
So, instead of purchasing an Easter pet for your amusement, make a donation to a rescue group that cares for abandoned farm animals. Organisations like The Farm Animal Sanctuary in Worcestershire dedicate their time and effort into creating safe havens for animals and poultry that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Your donation will help provide a good future for an animal who’s had a difficult past.
Have a Happy Easter everyone, and try not to O.D on Peeps!!
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…
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