Following a winter which saw the term – energy crisis – appear on the headlines more often than we perhaps would have wanted, we can finally enjoy a holiday period surrounded with slightly more optimism on the energy front. Nonetheless, many challenges remain in sight, particularly those related to climate and sustainability.
So whilst we look ahead with optimism, it is worth considering what we can do this Easter to ensure a sustainable and crisis-free future ahead. Without needing to revolutionise your Easter plans, reducing plastic waste and promoting circularity with some quick and simple changes may just be the perfect new holiday tradition.
Eighty million Easter eggs are sold each year – using an equivalent of 3.3 million plastic water bottles to produce them. On top of that, over 300,000 tonnes of food waste is produced during this period. And that’s all in the United Kingdom alone. More broadly, 59 million tonnes of food waste (131 kilogram/inhabitant) are generated annually in Europe, according to data from Eurostat.
Egg-hunting and promoting circularity
As we think about expressing our holiday greetings to our friends and family, it might be easier to save some time, paper and the planet by sending virtual or recyclable Easter cards. Whilst preparing for the weekend, it’s also useful to consider reusing old decorations, finding second-hand deals, or if you’re looking for a new family get-together activity, consider making your own decorations!
The outdoor egg hunt before lunch might just be the perfect opportunity to hold an additional litter-picking competition – with a race towards who can pick the most amount of litter within a time limit. Crowning the family’s annual ‘litter-picking champion’ not only fires up the competitive spirit whilst burning some extra calories – but it also goes a long way in tackling waste pollution and protecting biodiversity.
While enjoying that delicious chocolate egg after lunch, remember that most of the foil wrapping is recyclable. However, if the material can’t be rolled into a loose ball, it is most probably laminated and should be put in the general rubbish bin.
When the time for the dreaded clean-up after the Easter feast approaches, don’t forget about the freezer for lunch leftovers. Freezing food is not only a great way to save some extra buck but can also greatly contribute to tackling food waste, in general. Despite many myths, freezing your leftovers locks in the freshness and preserves quality and flavour – and is perfectly safe, providing that it’s defrosted correctly. The leftovers won’t deteriorate in the freezer, and most bacteria can’t grow on them.