For many of us, Easter is a time for religious celebration and reflection. And more often than not, our Easter weekend is also filled with gifts of the chocolate variety! But with all of that chocolate, packaging and wrapping, how can we have a more sustainable Easter in 2019? Well … we’re glad you asked. Here are our Top 5 Tips on making your Easter celebration more eco-friendly!
1. Buy Fair-Trade Gifts
If you’re thinking of buying edible little treats this Easter then choose fair-trade chocolate! Fair-trade chocolate means that the cocoa farmers are guaranteed to receive fair payment for their work. This means that they are supported in improving their living conditions and encourages the sustainable development of local communities.
And of course, it doesn’t need to be chocolate that you buy this Easter. You can always opt for a healthier, more eco-friendly option like a gift for the home or fair-trade stationery. That would make a lovely change from a chocolate egg that doesn’t last the day (if you’re anything like us)!
2. Go Organic
Organic farming methods are proven to have a much more positive affect on the environment than traditional methods. Not only does it protect the natural habitats of birds and wildlife, it also guarantees that your produce won’t be full of artificial chemicals and pesticides.
If you’re looking for organic Easter eggs then take a look at our Dark Chocolate Chunky Easter Egg by Montezuma! Or maybe give our Vegan option a try with the ‘Moo Free’ Original Easter Egg (with choccy drops).
3. Stay Local this Easter
We all love a good Easter feed don’t we? This year why not make your Easter feast from locally sourced produce bought from small shops and local markets? Not only will you have a tasty culinary treat, you will also be supporting local farmers and businesses. Visit the Farmshop Website to find out details of your local Farmers Markets.
Buying local produce also reduces the environmental cost of transportation and helps to keep communities thriving! If you choose to eat out this Easter then why not pick a family-run restaurant or cafe that specialises in local produce.
4. Make an Easter Resolution
We’re all used to making new habits and promises at New Year, so why not start Easter off with a sustainability resolution?
A family Easter celebration is the perfect time to develop a new habit for your household. How about deciding to have a ‘Vegetarian Day’ once a week? Or commit to exchanging your single-use cups for an ecoffee cup? How about deciding how you can move to zero waste in the kitchen?
5. Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
We’ve all heard the phrase! And some of us will actively live our lives but it! But times of celebration often involve a host of unnecessary packaging and waste. If you’re buying Easter eggs then choose those with minimal packaging. A lot of the egg packaging is coated with a shiny film which means that it cannot be recycled. Check the boxes for the recycling sign before you buy!
Or why not pick a product that is wrapped in recycled packaging already? Green & Blacks and Montezuma commit to this as a sustainable choice. Our Divine chocolate packaging is plastic-free and wrapped in minimal cardboard (all of which is recycled and recyclable). And did we mention that it’s also ‘free-trade’?