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5 Easy Ways to Have a Zero Waste Easter



Easter is a time for celebrating with friends and family, and of course, indulging in plenty of chocolate! However, all that chocolate can also lead to a lot of waste. In fact, it's estimated that global sales of Easter chocolate confectionery reached a whopping $91 billion NZD in 2020, and all that chocolate can create a lot of packaging waste. But don't worry – you can still enjoy all the fun of Easter without creating unnecessary waste. Here are 5 easy ways to have a zero waste Easter.

Make your own Easter treats

Rather than buying pre-packaged chocolates, try making your own Easter treats at home. There are plenty of recipes online for homemade chocolate eggs, truffles, and other treats. Not only will this help reduce waste, but you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you made the treats yourself!

Reuse Easter egg packaging

If you do buy pre-packaged Easter eggs, try to reuse the packaging in some way. For example, you could use the egg halves as moulds for making your own chocolates, or you could use them as decorations for an Easter-themed art project. When you're done with the packaging, remember that the foil can be recycled. Make sure to clean it first and ideally scrunch it together to about the size of a tennis ball before recycling to help it get sorted properly!

Give something different this Easter

Instead of giving traditional Easter gifts that come with lots of packaging, try giving non-tangible gifts like experiences or gift cards. This can include things like a movie night or a day out at a local attraction. Not only will this help reduce waste, but it will also give the recipient something to look forward to.

Shop at bulk stores

When buying Easter treats, try shopping at bulk stores or bringing your own containers to reduce packaging waste. This can include buying bulk chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit to make your own treats.

Compost Easter leftovers

Finally, be sure to compost any Easter leftovers like eggshells or food scraps. This will help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and can also provide a nutrient-rich fertiliser for your garden.

By following these 5 easy steps, you can have a zero-waste Easter that's both fun and environmentally friendly. Remember, small actions can make a big difference when it comes to reducing waste and protecting the planet.

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