Spring and Consumerism - Environmentally Conscious ways to enjoy Easter.
As we’re transitioning into spring, Easter weekend gradually approaches. Easter provides a wonderful opportunity to unwind and connect with loved ones over the long weekend. However, it’s upsetting to see how extensively commercialised the holiday has become and the impact this is having on the environment. To promote eco-friendly decision making this season, we have curated a list of our top 5 craft ideas that will help you celebrate while being kind to the planet.
1. Recycled Easter Baskets
Recycling old paper or cardboard is an easy way to create a sustainable Easter basket. How you decorate your basket is completely up to you – you can paint it different colours, use old ribbons from packaging and gift wrap or even use flowers from the garden.
2. Homemade Treats
Chocolate is undoubtedly an Easter Day essential, but instead of buying a chocolate egg encased in mountains of unnecessary packaging, why don’t you make your own treats? Using local, organic and fair-trade ingredients where possible will make this the perfect eco-friendly alternative.
3. Fabric Easter Eggs
Whether you’re a sewing beginner or a complete pro, almost any piece of old clothing or fabric can be fashioned into a unique easter egg. These can be decorated with felt to make decorations or can even be used as little toys if you have children. Not only are they fun to make, but you can also use them year on year.
4. Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Hunts
If you have children, the easter egg hunt will likely be the highlight of the day. It’s certainly possible to have the fun and excitement without having to buy an abundance of eggs. For example, you could hide your own homemade treats or different crafty bits which combine at the end to make an Easter themed arts and crafts kit.
5. Support Local Businesses
Even if arts and crafts isn’t your forte, small changes to how you shop can still make a significant difference in the long run. When buying your easter goodies, go for local businesses rather than big chains to help support sustainable practises and reduce transport emissions.