How to have an eggs-emplary Easter

Receiving an Easter egg can be a real egg-stravagance – particularly when we think of the impact on the planet.  Unfortunately, more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated from Easter egg packaging and cards each year.  In some cases the packaging around an Easter egg can weigh nearly as much as the egg itself.

To avoid this eggs-asperating situation, try the following:

  1. Buy Easter eggs with the least packaging to reduce egg-cess waste
  • When choosing an Easter egg, avoid those with large amounts of plastic packaging. Instead choose those where the packaging is fully recyclable – such as eggs wrapped only in foil or where the packaging is card only.

 

  1. Buy fairtrade or organic chocolate eggs/bunnies for egg-cellence
  • There is a range of organic and fairtrade Easter eggs on the market produced by Divine, Green & Blacks, Booja-Booja, Co-op and others. Look out for the Real Easter Egg which includes the biblical Easter story.

 

  1. Make your own eggs-clusive Easter cards and gifts
  • Around 10 million Easter cards are sent each year. Making your own cards, from recycled paper and decorations, offers a personal touch and is more economical.
  • Have a go at making traditional hand-painted eggs. Make a hole in the top and bottom of a free range egg, pierce the yolk and carefully blow out the contents into a bowl (enjoy scrambled or in a cake!).  Allow the eggshell to dry and then decorate with paints or felt- tip pens, and any other adornments.
  • If having boiled eggs for Easter breakfast, try adding some onion skins to the pan to turn the shells a golden yellow.
  • Make chocolate bunnies by melting chocolate and pouring it into a bunny-shaped mould (available from kitchenware shops). When set, decorate the bunny with ribbon.
  • Chocolate Easter nests and Easter biscuits are also fun to make and eat!

Finally, if you do end up with plastic packaging from an Easter egg then make use of it by using it as a mould to make papier maché eggs.

  • Take the plastic packaging and cover with petroleum jelly.
  • Soak ripped up strips of old newspapers in a paste and water solution.
  • Apply a layer of paper strips over the egg mould and leave until almost dry.
  • Add another six layers in the same way.
  • Instead of newspaper use white or coloured paper for the final layer.
  • Leave to dry out completely for a couple of days.
  • Carefully pull the mould away from the papier maché egg and decorate.
  • Place Fairtrade chocolate mini-eggs inside the egg and tie the two halves of the egg together with ribbon.
  • A wonderful gift and the papier maché egg can be reused the following year.

Happy Easter!

 Adapted from an article by Teresa Redfern on behalf of the Wye Church Eco-congregation working group

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