Happy GREEN Easter

Spring has sprung! It’s time to celebrate. … And the highlight of Easter celebrations this year, is that we can now meet with 6 people in our garden, or 2 separate households, YIPPEE!Easter can be a celebration of family coming together, hiding Easter eggs around the garden and creating beautiful Easter displays for our table, and of course, lots of chocolate. 

With that said, many products are still produced in non-environmentally friendly ways, which means they are non-recyclable, rather than reusable.

Image Credit - John Lewis & Partners
Image Credit - John Lewis & Partners

Today I am going to share 5 of my favourite ways you can create a sustainable Easter, enabling you to use your Easter decorations year after year and making Easter gifts that are green and affordable.

1. Use recycled eggs for the Easter egg hunt 

Did you know that humans consume over 300 million tons of plastic a year, which include those plastic Easter egg holder used on the easter egg hunt? I would recommend using eco eggs, these can be made up from a variety of recycled products such as paper, so you can reuse them every year, rather than more refuse in the landfill. A positive from this is that these products are non – toxic and don’t emit ingestible micro-plastic.

Silk Dyed Easter Egg by The Junebride ( Etsy)
Silk Dyed Easter Egg by The Junebride (Etsy)
Nature Egg Shaped Collages, (Image Credit - Craft Gossip)
Nature Egg Shaped Collages, (Image Credit - Craft Gossip) 
Wooden hand-painted hanging eggs by OhLeiberGallery ( Image Credit - Etsy)
Wooden hand-painted hanging eggs by OhLeiberGallery ( Image Credit - Etsy)

2. Help the Farmers 

For 99% of us, including yours truly, chocolate is the most delicious part of Easter. Unfortunately, the people that produce the cocoa for the chocolate are often involved in exploitive practises like forced labour and some even in slave conditions. So this Easter lets help the cocoa farmers earn a healthy living wage by opting for fair trade – certified Easter eggs or look for Easter eggs that show this food stamp. 

Divine's Milk Chocolate With Tangy Orange Egg , (Image Credit - Fairtrade)
Divine's Milk Chocolate With Tangy Orange Egg , (Image Credit - Fairtrade)
Co-Op's Golden Praline Egg, (Image Credit - Fairtrade)
Co-Op's Golden Praline Egg, (Image Credit - Fairtrade)

3. Natural Easter Egg Dye 

Now it’s time to get creative, rather than going to the shop and buying a dye kit, consider making your own dyes at home.  Buying messy dye tablets from the shops which has all sort of unnatural chemicals in is an unnecessary expense!   All you need are a few recycled jam jars to store the dye. You can make some gorgeous colours from left over red cabbage, onion skins, beetroot, turmeric or berries.  Check out some recipes here.  (This is great too if you have children helping with the dying as you won’t worry about stained fingers and faces, it’s all natural)

Homemade Natural Easter Egg Dyes, by Amanda Garrity (Image Credit- Good House Keeping)
Homemade Natural Easter Egg Dyes, by Amanda Garrity (Image Credit- Good House Keeping)
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs By Rachel Denbow, Image Credit - Rachel Denbow and Janae Hardy
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs By Rachel Denbow, Image Credit - Rachel Denbow and Janae Hardy

4. Make your very own Easter Basket 

The typical Easter baskets that you come across in the supermarket is made of plastics.  Why not be creative and make your own? This will allow you to express your creativity and individuality. Once you have made your basket you can reuse each year! Which is great for the environment, and creates a family tradition.

Try filling your basket with mother nature, especially if you have access to a garden. You could fill the basket with twigs, flowers, long grass, leaves and branches - children looooove this.

The Eco Easter Basket - (Image Credit Bare Beauty)
The Eco Easter Basket - (Image Credit Bare Beauty)
Image Credit- Arna
Image Credit- Arna

5. Easter Food 

It’s so exciting that  family members can now come round and sit in our gardens. It’s time to prepare for the Easter roast. 

Rather than just going to any supermarket and picking your choice of produce, why not consider shopping local, and, If you do eat meat and eggs, try and chose free-range or organic options from the local farmers. 

You could even go one step further this year and reduce your meat intake all together, which is great for the planet and there are some delicious plant-based options for your easter meal. Here are some tasty recipes.

Carrot patch cake - Biophilic Easter
Carrot patch cake - Biophilic Easter 
Chocolate checkerboard hot cross buns - Biophilic Easter
Chocolate checkerboard hot cross buns - Biophilic Easter

Let me know what you favourite tip is to create a green Easter? At Harleen Mclean Interiors, we would like to wish you a very green chocolatey happy Easter! Enjoy your Easter weekend, and the beginning of spring.

On another note, we are excited to announceour new workshop –Introduction to Biophilic Design which will be taking place on Wednesday 12th May 6 – 9 pm BST. To book your place today CLICK HERE.