Conscious Swaps to Create Less Waste this Easter 

This year, choose conscious alternatives for your Easter gifts, treats and decoration. Find out which eco-friendly swaps will lend to a more joyful, guilt-free Easter!

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Organic, fair and zero waste – words that do their utmost to protect the environment and guarantee greater social justice. If you want to celebrate a conscious Easter this year, you should stick to them. This way, you not only reduce your ecological footprint, but also contribute to a better future with a clear conscience. In the following segments, you will learn more about what to look for. You’ll find some great practical tips and lots of great decorating and craft ideas that are both creative and eco-conscious. 

Buy Organic Eggs for a More Eco Easter Celebration 

Stay away from unlabelled hard-boiled eggs at the supermarket! In most cases these come from cage management or rather from so-called small group management. This attitude is quite unfair and very distressing for the animals. Therefore, pay attention to the labelling of eggs in the supermarket. 

The number 0 corresponds to organic farming and 1 to outdoor farming. These are also the best options that guarantee better conditions for hens and healthier eggs. It’s best to shop at organic stores or regional farmers’ markets. 

Organic quality is healthier and often times tastes better

Photo Daniel Jericó

Resourceful Easter Eggs Colouring 

Why buy conventional egg colouring? There are plenty of natural food products that are the better alternative to add colour to your Easter eggs, such as turmeric, beets, onion skins, carrots, coffee grounds, spinach, and many more. The result will be subtle and atmospheric and will definitely please everyone. 

Purely coloured Easter eggs  

Photo Kelly Neil

Fairtrade Easter Chocolate

Conventional chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies unfortunately very often contain the problematic palm oil and are therefore not really part of a conscious minded celebration. Millions of hectares of rainforest are cut down to produce them. The cocoa itself also often comes from plantations with unfair working conditions and questionable ecological conditions. Therefore, always pay attention to the seal on the packaging and give preference to organic and Fairtrade sweets. It would be even better if these were vegan, so you can be sure there is no animal cruelty involved. 

Buy more justice for small farmers in the developing world

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Prepare Easter Sweets Yourself 

Homemade sweets provide a healthy and more environmentally friendly variety at the Easter table. How about, for example, some delicious chocolate hazelnut bombs made with the finest organic ingredients? You can prepare these in different ways and decorate with coconut flakes, cocoa powder, chia seeds or dried sesame. It is quite simple and effective, not to mention healthier.  

Let your creativity take over with this healthy Made by Mama recipe

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Think About Conscious Easter Gifts 

Above all, offer presents that are practical or consumable (gifts that you can eat or drink). Unnecessary extremes are often not very sustainable, as in the long run can become wasteful. Opt for natural flavoured candy free from animal additives and artificial coloring, ethically sourced chocolate, or something long-lasting like handcrafted glass ornaments and minimally processed organic table linens.

It is better to opt for gifts sans packaging or wrapping you have made yourself. Here are some imaginative ideas on how to do it. Wrap your Easter presents beautifully and sustainably using the Japanese Furoshiki technique and any leftover fabric or cloth you have. It’s the perfect reusable gift wrapping. The gift wrapping can be used time and time again to delight and enhance the act of giving

The more natural and simpler, the more eco-friendly 

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Easter Conscious Crafts 

Easter time entails endless craft making. Old cheese boxes, mason jars, egg cartons, and fruit crates can easily be turned into an Easter basket. You just need a few extra materials like some water or acrylic paint, string, cardboard, glue, and scissors. Empty toilet paper rolls and eggshells are also loyal helpers, and of course they are also very environmentally friendly. Upcycling is fortunately getting the attention and recognition it deserves and will hopefully continue to be an inexhaustible source of creativity. 

Easter Brunch and Lunch 

Seasonal and regional produce are a great place to start to ensure your Easter table is environmentally friendly. Spinach, radishes, rhubarb, lamb’s lettuce, and mushrooms, as well as wild garlic, ribwort, and dandelions are always available in Northern Europe during spring. 

If you choose fish, you must ensure that the seal and the origin of the merchandise are appropriate. The best option would be carp and catfish, which can be caught in abundance in local freshwater waters. Farmed salmon, on the other hand, is not recommended, as its cultivation is associated with too much energy. On the WWF’s Sustainable Seafood Guide, you will find detailed information on many other fish species. And when it comes to Easter lamb, go without it altogether or, if absolutely necessary, buy it only from organic markets or organic farms. 

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Follow our tips for a conscious Easter and not only protect the environment, but reduce the strain on your wallet too. Remember to focus less on material things and more on human interaction, connection and socializing. 

With this in mind, happy Easter and celebrate with intention! 

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