Celebrate a sustainable Easter with our 8 Top Tips

Celebrate a sustainable Easter with our 8 Top Tips

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Easter is right around the corner, and for everyone, it’s a time of good food and drinks, hunting down chocolate eggs, and enjoying the warmer and sunnier days. Unfortunately, many of our Easter traditions are not very sustainable and contribute to the significant environmental footprint that most of us have. Therefore, we have gathered eight easy tips to help you enjoy Easter more sustainably.  We have tips for those of you just starting your journey to becoming more environmentally friendly or for those of you who are already on your way.

Chocolate Bunnies

The most favourite Easter tradition of children is to search for chocolate eggs and bunnies on Easter Sunday. However, this means every year, around 220 million Easter bunnies are produced in Germany alone! Despite this, conventional chocolate treats are often associated with inhumane labour conditions and child labour on cocoa farms. Furthermore, many of these products also contain palm oil from plantations, for which original rainforests are cleared.  This releases massive amounts of CO2 in the air and threatening the unique biodiversity.

  1. Easy tip: When buying chocolate eggs and bunnies, look for labels that certify the chocolate has been produced under fair conditions. The biggest labels for chocolate are the certification from Fairtrade (“fair trade” produced ingredients) and Fairtrade cocoa (only the cocoa needs to be produced under “fair trade” rules) and GEPA, which follows even higher standards. Additionally, to make sure that no palm oil has been used, check the ingredients list
  2. Pro tip: Use the free time over the holidays and bake your own Easter sweets. Then you know exactly what’s in it, and on top of that, you can save unnecessary plastic packaging. Check out this recipe for delicious Cookie Chicks.

Easter Meal

Enjoying good food together on Easter is almost as important as on Christmas. Therefore, many German families traditionally eat fish on Good Friday and roasted lamb on Easter Sunday. Yet, these food choices are far from sustainable.  Not only do they pose threats to animal welfare but also intensify climate change due to the CO2 resulting from meat production and consumption.

  1. Easy tip: If you would still like to have fish on Waster, we recommend sticking to native species such as carp, which has one of the lowest environmental impacts among the seafood choices, as indicated by the fish guides of both WWF and Greenpeace.
  2. Pro tip: The increasing trend of vegan recipes and meat alternatives make it not only easy but also super tasty to substitute traditional meals with vegan alternatives. Check out this recipe for a light and refreshing lemon pasta dish.

Easter Nests and colored Eggs

Don’t you just also love decorating your house, garden or balcony for Easter? Every year, millions of plastic Easter nests and coloured eggs are being bought in German supermarkets and find their way into our homes. While the colourful decorations look fantastic over the holidays, they’re usually thrown out right after, causing a great material waste. Furthermore, many of the coloured eggs come from caged hens and don’t fall under the labelling requirement usually applied to eggs, thus, supporting unethical animal treatment.

  1. Easy tip: If you still want to decorate your home with coloured eggs, try to buy organic eggs and colour them yourself with natural such as turmeric, beetroot or spinach. This not only looks pretty but is also a fun activity during the holidays!
  2. Pro tip: Even better, you could also braid your own zero-waste easter baskets with natural materials such as hay and willow bark. That way, your nests become 100% biodegradable!

Gift Ideas

Next to chocolate treats, giving and receiving small gifts on Easter is a fun tradition for many German families and friends. However, gifts are often short-lived and include a lot of unnecessary packaging, especially when they are ordered online.

  1. Easy tip: When surprising someone with a small gift, try to give things or gift cards from a local shop. That way you not only save on packaging and transport miles, but you also support your local community – a welcome boost in Corona times!
  2. Pro tip: Often it is not about the gift and the material itself but about the thought which is behind it.  Therefore, the greatest gift this Easter can be to spend quality time together with your family or friends, for example, go on a long walk or having an Easter picnic.

We hope that these eight tips help you to celebrate Easter in a more sustainable and fun way and if you would like to receive more sustainable living tips, then signup for our newsletter here.

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