With Easter bank holiday coming upon us, the birds are chirping, the days are longer and the suns out. It is the perfect time to spend time with family and friends to celebrate the most cheerful time of the year. However, whilst we’re celebrating Easter, we need to ensure that we are using sustainable alternatives to save the planet too.
We’ve rounded up some suggestions on how to have a sustainable Easter this weekend:
Tip 1: how to choose an ethical chocolate!
This year why not opt in for buying Easter eggs that are ethical and that have the right values. When looking for a chocolate brand that is certified and good for the planet, you should be looking for certifications like Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, and Soil Association.
Chocolate companies that are Fairtrade certified have farmers and workers who are treated fairly and are paid equally in their workplace. As cocoa trees are being damaged by disease and age, it’s becoming increasingly hard to attract farming to younger people. This is why when you support Fairtrade companies, helping communities grow and helping fight climate change with every purchase you make.
When you purchase Soil Association certified chocolate you are simply going for an organic option. Who doesn’t love organic options? They are better for the planet, the wildlife, environment, and farming. It should also be noted that when the chocolate making process doesn’t cut corners to ensure their chocolate is sourced responsibly.
The Rainforest Alliance is a certification with the prerogative to make businesses responsible for protecting forests, improving the livelihood of farmers and farming communities. They strive for promoting farmers human rights and helping them adapt to the climate change crisis. They are providing farmers situated in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America tools and incentives to farm more sustainably.
|BRAND||FAIRTRADE||Rainforest Alliance||Soil Association|
|Green and Blacks|
|Chocolate Truffle Co.|
|Seed & Bean|
Tip 2: Swap plastic for a Sustainable packaging such as our designer wrapping bags
If you’re looking for a sustainable alternative for packaging or you don’t have time for going to the shops last minute, you can always try and create paper baskets for your Easter egg hunts. If you’re going for a more sophisticated look, why not try our Bags of Ethics’ set of 3 Wrapping Gift Bags in collaboration with Great British designers including PREEN by Thornton Bregazzi and Giles Deacon.
They will brighten your Easter and ensure your Easter décor will always stay in style. You can buy your Bags of Ethics wrapping gift bags today on our website.
Tip3: Use natural food to dye you eggs:
Ditch the paints this Easter and try out natural food dyes instead. Making the switch from paints to food dyes can be fun and brighten up your Easter as you try and experiment with different foods to create the colour that you want for your Easter eggs – not to mention it is a more sustainable option if you don’t already have paints lying around your home.
If you don’t know where to start, see the table below:
|Colour||NATURAL FOODS TO TRY|
|Red||Beetroots, boiled red onion skins, canned cherries|
|Pink||Cranberries, pomegranate, raspberries|
|Orange||Boiled yellow onion skins, cooked carrots|
|Yellow||Boiled Orange peel, ground cumin, various teas|
If you decide to try any of our tips above, do share your Easter tips or sustainable hacks on our Instagram by tagging us @bagsofethics or by commenting under this post.