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Easter isn’t an event that we particularly celebrate, however, I do still like to get the kiddies some treats as all of their friends get them. Back in 2018 I wanted to see if we could have a plastic free and zero waste Easter.
- In the UK alone over 80 million Easter eggs are sold each year!
- Back in 2009 the waste company WRAP said 3000 tonnes of Easter egg packaging was thrown away every year.
Although quite a bit of the packaging from Easter eggs can be recycled it’s still always better to not have the recycling at all by switching to reusables.
Plastic Free Easter Eggs
When I was younger I remember that my Mother had these really cute metal Easter eggs that she used to use for decoration. I had a quick Google to see if I could find any online but didn’t have any success. Then last week I was at our local garden centre and there they were in a display in the entrance!
I bought them with the intention of finding some plastic free sweets and chocolates to fill them with. I plan to reuse them every year from now on a bit like the reusable advert calendars that we now use for Christmas.
Since doing a bit more research I’ve discovered *metal Easter tins on Etsy, although the majority of them are vintage ones so they’re a bit more expensive than the ones I bought in our local garden centre. They are gorgeous though and would be a lovely thing to have. Prices start from about £5.
Plastic Free Chocolates & Sweets
Our town has a retro style sweet shop so I went there armed with my reusable bags to see if I could get some treats to fill the eggs.
When I went in I asked the man behind the till if he would mind me using my own bags rather than the little paper ones they provide. He looked at me pretty strange but he did agree, which was great! I managed to get mini eggs, chocolate mice, chocolate covered raisins and some other chocolate treats all plastic free.
If you can’t find any package free sweets in your area then try to opt for chocolates wrapped in foil or treats that come in recyclable or even better compostable packaging.
I was so happy with my find! The other half and I have decided to take the kiddies back to the retro sweet shop more regularly now when we want to get them a treat. I just love the fact that we are not only supporting a local business but also reducing our waste even further.
Zero Waste Easter Treats
The sweets look great inside the metal eggs. I made some little labels for each egg and used some leftover ribbon that we had so the kiddies know which one is their egg.
Zero Waste Easter Box
If you can’t find any metal eggs to fill then you could always use an old egg box and decorate it. Combining the two would be even better.
We now use our zero waste Easter eggs every year and I love them as do the kiddies. What about you? Is this something you would consider for your home?
About Gina Caro
Gina is a content creator and award-winning blogger. Her aim is to help you live a more sustainable & simple life. Her blog covers zero waste, minimalism, wellbeing & thrift. She currently lives in Cornwall with her partner, two kids and Charles the dog.