For Earth’s sake, can we avoid single use plastics this Easter?
Did you see Blue Planet II? David Attenborough and team showed devastating images of the harm caused by waste plastic on sea birds and marine life. Supermarket executives, politicians and celebrities all came out in support of cutting single use plastic products, yet, looking at the excess of plastic packaging on this year’s Easter seasonal shelves, you have to wonder what has actually changed.
Is it time to take a stand? If you feel we should be protecting the planet from waste plastic, why not use your Easter spending to send the message that single use plastics are no longer acceptable?
Plastic foil and glitter play havoc with the machines at recycling processing plants and can contaminate whole batches of paper and card recycling. Steer clear if you can this year. Look instead for easily recyclable Easter cards and gift wrap with no shiny, foiled or glitter elements.
Feels too plain? Add an Easter flower, a sprig of bright raffia, a reusable ribbon in a spring-like shade, or wrap your gift Japanese-style in a colourful scarf.
Choose loose sweets instead of plastic-wrapped eggs
Unless you’re prepared to shell out a pretty penny on an artisan version, it’s nigh impossible to track down completely plastic-packaging-free chocolate Easter eggs. All of those on our supermarket shelves come boxed in plastic-coated cardboard, encased in moulded vacuum plastic, shrouded in a stiff plastic wrap or suffocated in a plastic coated foil, though some are more ethical than others.
Instead, check out traditional sweet shops, pick ‘n’ mix counters and scoop-and-weigh stores for loose Easter treats. Better value for money is the first selling point of this idea; the second being that you can choose exactly the variety and quantity as accords with your sweet tooth (or diet!), rather than getting stuck with a load of chocolate you’re not keen on. Zero food waste!
Choose homemade and bakery cakes instead of plastic-packaged supermarket numbers
Supermarket cakes may look tempting, done up to the nines on the shelf; yet once you’ve wrangled your way through the plastic-coated box, plastic film collar and polystyrene base to find a poor quality, haphazardly iced item half the size expected, we’d forgive you for not being hungry any more.
For zero-waste Easter delight, grab a reusable container and swing by your local bakery or patisserie to see what they have in stock. Artful cupcakes, cute chocolate nests and bunny biscuits, fat hot cross buns and even old-fashioned simnel cakes, all made with care – why settle for less at a similar price?
Alternatively, if you have the time and the inclination, why not weigh out the ingredients for one of these at your local zero waste shop and indulge in some therapeutic baking?