March 16, 2023 4 min read
Easter is a time associated with rebirth, renewal and the celebration of life, and a popular occasion to give gifts to loved ones to show your appreciation. As lots of us move towards a more sustainable lifestyle, we're looking for more ways to reduce waste — including when we give gifts. Instead of opting for plastic-filled gifts and unethical chocolate that have a not-so-sweet impact on the environment, making the switch to eco-conscious alternatives can help make your Easter holidays more sustainable.
And with Easter just around the corner, it's the perfect time to start picking out sustainable gifts for your loved ones. From low-waste chocolate to DIY projects, we've compiled a list of the best eco-friendly Easter gifts for Easter 2023.
Easter marks the beginning of Spring, which is the time of year when plants begin to bloom and it gets much warmer. This makes it a great time to plant seeds because the warmer soil temperature and longer daylight hours, paired with the ideal temperature range (15-24°C) for most seeds to germinate, means your seeds will have a favourable environment to grow, mature and produce a fruitful harvest.
Seed bombs therefore make the perfect Easter gift. These zero-waste balls are filled with a mixture of compost and wildflower seeds, which will produce seasonal flowers when “chucked” or planted. You can even make seed bombs yourself!
To make your own seed bombs,
If you want to add a pop of colour to your seed bombs, you can wrap them in a layer of compostable coloured paper.
Plantable cards have seeds embedded into the paper, and are designed to be planted after use to produce vibrant flowers, herbs or vegetables. When the card is planted in soil, the paper composts and the seeds germinate. Simply place in soil, water, and watch the seeds grow!
Want to have a go yourself? Making your own plantable cards is a fun activity to do with your kids over the Easter break.
To make your own seed paper for plantable cards,
Image via PoppyForrestKraft on Etsy.
Easter often means indulging in chocolate eggs. However, many of the traditional eggs are not good for the environment; the UK chocolate industry produces around 2.1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year and, at Easter alone, creates an estimated 8,000 tonnes of easter egg waste. Instead, choose organic, fair-trade and low-waste chocolate that has minimal impact on the environment and protects the workers that make it. A great option is Moo Free, who produce ethically sourced, dairy-free and vegan chocolate for all occasions.
Image via Moo Free Chocolates.
Alternatively, you could fill hollow wooden eggs with your own selection of low-waste treats. Not only can these be decorated, but they can also be reused for Easters to come.
One of the most anticipated Easter events is the egg hunt itself. The best thing you can do for the environment is to invest in a reusable basket that you use year after year — even better if you already have a wicker basket that you can repurpose for your egg hunting activities.
It doesn't even need to be an actual basket — you can use an existing item in your house like a toy pail, tote bag or gift box.
If you're planning to fill the base of your Easter basket with plastic grass, you can make your own eco-friendly version instead. This is better for the environment, and a fun activity to do with the family over the Easter period.
To make your own easter grass,
You can even make edible easter grass by mixing shredded coconut with food colouring to mimic the grass texture and colour.
Instead of plastic toys and trinkets, fill your Easter baskets with plastic-free gifts or purchase a premade, eco-friendly hamper. Here are some ideas for what you could gift this Easter:
And there you have it! The best eco-friendly gifts to green your Easter celebrations. Got other ideas? Leave a comment below to share your sustainable swaps for the holidays.
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