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Renew the Sustainable Spirit: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Easter Event

Easter is the time of renewal; that's why we want to breathe new life into the sustainability movement for this joyous occasion. As a country whose natural landscape beckons explorers and nature lovers worldwide, Australia's flora and fauna deserve care and respect.

While Easter can be boisterous and fun for children, some traditions shouldn't be resurrected (plastic eggs and hundreds of pieces of chocolate egg foil anyone?).

So let’s hop right into making your Easter event an eco-friendly endeavour!

Eco-friendly Decorations

Instead of streamers and plastic confetti, make your Easter party a natural paradise bound to win Mother Nature's admiration. Bring your Pinterest board to life with dried or fresh local flowers and thrifted table pieces in place of plastic wherever feasible.

These natural beauties will aid you in designing a charming, sustainable setting perfect to impress your guests (and the Easter bunny). Set up a craft station and get your guests to make decor out of the recyclable materials that will be provided to them.

Imagine old jars turned into twinkling lanterns and newspapers transforming into artistic origami bunnies. Such an approach not only reduces waste but creates a memorable and unique setting that can't be store-bought.

Sustainable Easter Egg Hunt

The egg hunt tradition for Easter should never die, but leaving undiscovered plastic eggs hiding in the folds of the environment will make real bunnies quite sad.

Instead, opt for wooden eggs as a more durable option that can easily be hidden in the natural surroundings. You can also use real eggs from happy, free-range chickens. But what about the best part (dying the eggs vibrant colours)?

Say goodbye to artificial dyes and hello to the wonders of nature. Beetroot, turmeric, avocado skins, and even onion skins are wonderful natural alternatives. You can also use plants to create silhouette prints with indigo dye. By adopting these greener practices, Easter celebrations can become not only more environmentally responsible but also more meaningful and educational.

Local and Organic Catering

From the Sunday roast to the glazed carrots, shop at markets and produce shops that provide locally sourced, organic, and seasonal food to adorn your Easter table. It will be a great choice for both your culinary needs and to help cut the carbon footprint related to food transportation.

There are also plenty of caterers (if you don't have time to cook) who meet these criteria and will also provide compostable packaging options. Your guests and the earth will thank you for rising to the occasion. 

Waste Management

A full belly from your Easter feast doesn't have to equal a full landfill bin. If you didn't make it through your second helping, separate your organics to give your worm farm or local community garden those second helpings. Set out brightly marked bins for recycling, compost, and rubbish, and explain to guests with clearly marked signs where things go.

As Easter chocolate consumption alone produces nearly 4% of Australia's annual waste consumption (2.68 million tonnes!), we mustn't play games when it comes to the proper disposal of our holiday goods.

Shop in Bulk for Chocolate

Unlike traditional chocolate eggs wrapped in foil, which often end up in landfill due to improper recycling, bulk stores present a more sustainable option. Customers can select from a variety of chocolate-based items, including chocolate Easter eggs, without the environmental guilt associated with foil packaging.

If you don't want loose chocolate in a basket for fear of melting, try compostable cellophane, glass jars, or other upcycled storage items. By choosing bulk stores for Easter chocolates, consumers play a vital role in minimising their ecological footprint, paving the way for a greener holiday celebration.

So, there you have it—your guide to hosting an Easter event that's as eco-friendly as it is egg-citing! The holidays don't have to be at the expense of the planet, or even your wallet! Upcycle, recycle, buy plastic-free, and embrace the opportunity to be creative. How do you celebrate Easter sustainably?

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