Today’s post is a guest post from Nathalie Heyden. Nathalie Heyden is a student at the University of Waterloo, who is currently completing a co-op placement here with our team. Nathalie has been writing about sustainability, waste & recycling, compost & so much more. We invite you to read along and follow her on this exciting journey with our team. For more from Nathalie, read her recent posts about popular topics like: Decluttering & the Marie Kondo Phenomenon, Grocery Shopping With Waste In Mind, and Waste Diversion & Coffee Chains. Be sure to stay tuned for more as she completes the rest of her semester here at MASS Environmental Services Inc.
Easter is coming up, and apart from the excitement of gathering with friends and family, many of us are looking forward to a great big dinner, including Easter egg hunts and all of the tasty chocolates involved. Before we start planning our events, let’s step back and reflect on the amount of waste that Easter traditions involve. This includes the absurd amount of plastics that comes with Easter egg hunts and the excessive food waste involved with this holiday’s dinner.
Here are some suggestions for continuing your Easter traditions, while stepping away from waste and single-use plastics:
- CANDY: Everyone loves the chocolates and candies involved with Easter, but this year instead of buying the individually wrapped chocolates, go to the bulk-store to load up your reusable containers with package-free chocolates and candies. Another alternative, is to make your own candies or baked goods. Why not add some homemade cookies to the egg hunt?
- OTHER BASKET GOODIES:. Instead of filling your Easter basket with wasteful toys and individually packaged treats, opt for low-waste alternatives. Some ideas include: seeds to plant, sidewalk chalk, books, second-hand clothes, pencils and crayons, socks or even some pretty shells and rocks.
- PLASTIC EGGS: You can’t think of Easter without thinking of those little plastic eggs, we want to change that. This year, instead of using plastic eggs, you can create DIY felt eggs or you can skip the eggs altogether and hide clues leading to your Easter basket. If plastic eggs are a must-have, try shopping for eggs made from more sustainable plastics and be sure that you will reuse them for many years to come, rather than throwing them out at the end of the holiday.
- BASKETS: If you don’t already have a basket, think about making your own or buying one from a used store. Maybe you’ll opt to not even use a basket, instead repurposing a shoebox or another household container. With baskets in mind, you can substitute the plastic grass stuffing with shredded paper or even hay.
- DINNER: At dinnertime, be sure to use reusable dishware, utensils and napkins instead of disposable paper and plastic ones. When all is said and done, be sure to compost any food scraps created during the food prep, or leftover from your meal. To reduce food-waste, ask that your friends and family bring reusable containers to Easter dinner so that everyone can bring leftovers home!
This Easter, let’s focus on spending time with family rather than getting caught up in the consumerism of the Easter egg hunt. One fun activity at Easter is dying Easter eggs together. Instead of food colouring, try using kitchen scraps to die your eggs!
Wishing everyone a happy Easter!