Blue Planet II has gotten everyone think of how to reduce their plastic consumption and increased the amount of eco-conscious products and efforts such as #PlasticFreeLent and #PlasticFreeChristmas. Can you take the pledge for a plastic free Easter?
It’s a lot easier once you plan it a little and you’ll be sure to feel a lot better about indulging in chocolate as a reward for your efforts. Here are our top tips for reducing plastic and waste this Easter.
Tip #1 for a green Easter: Plan Ahead
Bring your own bags to the supermarket
Shop locally and buy unpackaged produce whenever possible.
Serve meals on real dishes with reusable utensils, washable cloth napkins. Use stainless steel option for kids or parties that get a little manic to avoid breakage.
Compost your food waste if you can or get creative with left overs.
Forget plastic decorations and use fresh or dried flowers, even better are potted plants, and fabric banners you’ll be able to repurpose.
Tip #2 for a green Easter: Meals (Passover, Easter Sunday and Monday etc)
Shop for plastic-free produce at your local wet market for fresh produce that you can buy unpackaged and bulk for dry items such as grains and flours. Little India has tons of choice to buy per weight, where you can easily ask to use your own containers and not plastic bags. If you are looking for more organic products, they'll be available at speciality stores for refill such as Eco.Le and Unpackt. New shops are on their way so check your favourite Google often (or subscribe to our blog feed ;) ). Horseradish and ginger can be bought fresh and grounded at home instead of pre-made and packaged. Keep herbs fresh longer by putting them in glass containers with a little water, as you would for flowers!
Buy eggs locally if possible and in plastic-free packaging if you can get them direct from producers. This is quite hard in Singapore as we only produce 6% of all the eggs we consume... but definitely worth trying!
Make meals from scratch instead of buying frozen and packaged ready-made meals.
Cheat a little but without the plastic if you can’t bake your own hot cross buns for Good Friday for instance. Bring containers to the bakery and forego the napkins they want to give you.
If your local place of worship is celebrating Easter or even organising Easter activities, encourage them to use real dishes and suggest giving a hand to clean up afterwards. Ask around, you’ll survey be able to create a supportive group - many hands make light work.
Repurpose the left overs. Freeze left overs in portions for instant meals to reheat. When cooking, freeze the scraps until you have enough in the future to make vegetable stock, soup bases, etc.
Prepare drinks and foods in advance, ready to quickly reheat so that you don’t succumb to the temptation of take away meals after a midnight service.
Tip #2 for a green Easter: Plastic-free Easter egg hunt
Ah....so much plastic to sell on every holiday occasion, which you CAN avoid!
Plastic Easter baskets won’t ever be as nice as wicker, wood, fabric, or bamboo options.
Tacky plastic faux grass in your Easter baskets can be swapped for recycled raffia, shredded scrap coloured paper or colourful magazine pages you have around the house.
Instead of plastic eggs, make felt Easter eggs you can reuse, decorate empty egg shells or wooden eggs, or make salt-dough versions. Use these reusable Easter eggs to decorate and for your Easter egg hunt.
If you’re colouring real eggs, use natural food dyes then wrap them with leaves and dried flowers using thread. Dip the eggs in the colour of choice, unwrap them, and admire your natural rococo designs.
If you have a tradition of filling Easter egg baskets think of items that will entertain over and over again, that can then be passed on or donated, such as books, clothes, puzzles or art supplies.
Tip #4 for a green Easter: Treats, Sweets and Chocolate Eggs
Make your own chocolate or buy in bulk without individual packaging. Oh and skip the Kinder toys.
If you must, prefer those in aluminium foil only without the boxes, and bags etc.
Use reusable wraps such as beeswax wraps and silicone pouches to store home made chocolates.
Bake your own cakes and skip the cupcake paper cups.
At the end of the day, as with all festivities and traditions, what makes them special are the activities shared and values passed on. Have fun, dance, invent stories, play and share an experience to remember. So, are you making the #PlasticFreeEaster pledge?