News | 11 April 2022
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Tips for an eco Easter

Kiwis buy over 40 million Easter eggs every year. Almost all of these are wrapped in non-recyclable foil and plastic destined for landfill.

Fresh thyme, on a marble table next to a jar of black sugared almonds and a white cotton mesh drawstring bag of white sugared almonds.

If you’re aiming to lighten your footprint this year, here are a few tips to embrace the goodness of Easter while keeping the rubbish bin empty.

Avoid gift baskets and novelty eggs with plastic toys and trinkets. Instead, gift edibles and create memories with experiences and traditions that encourage spending time together. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Small hands grab at items on a wooden chopping board covered in chopped up vegetable pieces and a dip, decorated to resemble a bunny rabbit.
  • Throw an Easter potluck dinner and use the event as an excuse to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. Get the kids involved by making themed food like hard boiled eggs coloured with food dye or a bunny shaped platter.
  • Rather than an Easter egg hunt, have a treasure hunt. Follow the clues, use the map, crack a secret code, and find the buried treasure at the end. Maybe a chocolate treat, goodies from the Tip Shop, or vouchers for a dessert date or to be boss for an hour.
  • Over Easter weekend, get crafting and use eggshells to make a cute microgreens garden.
  • Simply light a candle at dinner to make the moment together special.
Eggs coloured in natural dye for Easter, laid out on a white clothe on a white marble bench.

Ideas to reduce single-use Easter packaging, including soft plastics, paper bags and foil.

  • Swap out Easter eggs for chocolate or lollies from package free stores or supermarket bulk bins. Pop them in jars or reuseable bags when you get home.
  • Try making your own chocolates. Keep an eye open for moulds at your local second-hand shop.
  • Bake your own Easter buns. Fill a few jars with premixed dry ingredients to save time or to gift to a friend.
  • If you are set on store-bought, aim for local, quality over quantity, and where possible choose bulk over individually wrapped.