So another celebration is upon us and with it another chance to ramp up the amount of rubbish going in the bin or ending up in the environment. Here are some of our top tips for reducing packaging and waste this Easter:
- Put smaller foil wrapped eggs in a re-used basket, tin or decorated egg box
- Look out for bigger foil wrapped Easter eggs in cardboard or just as they are
- Check Easter Egg boxes and avoid those with plastic holders and/or plastic wrapped sweets & chocolate inside
- Keep it local – head to the pick’n’mix at the Weigh Inn for plastic free chocolate and sweets and check out our Plastic Free Champion businesses for more options
- Lindt Bunnies – recycle the foil and use the ribbon and bell again at Christmas!
- Get creative – buy chocolate wrapped in foil and cardboard and melt it down to make your own chocolate shapes. Hobbs Kitchen Shop sell re-useable chocolate moulds or you can make your own.
- Make chocolatey goodies instead, so things like brownies, crispy cakes and rocky road. You can buy ingredients from Penzance’s refill shops and Plastic Free Champions
- Avoid buying plastic tat. Is it really needed? What will happen to it after it’s been played with for five minutes?
- Say no to balloons and banners and put up bunting instead.
- Use cards to make your own Easter Egg Hunt.
- Recycle card and foil at home with your usual waste collection. If you do end up with plastic check it’s the right type to go in your recycling. If not, it will go in general waste … to be burnt in Cornwall’s incinerator. That’s enough to put us off!
As always, celebrations like this offer us the chance to get together with family and friends and reconnect with what’s important. And at this time of year, with Spring in full swing, what better opportunity to get out and enjoy our wonderful coastline, woods, parks and moors. Let’s take part in wildlife trails, go on bug hunts and get in or on the sea (hopefully also spotting some of our amazing marine life!). Look out for events in the local press and on social media from the likes of Mounts Bay Marine Group, Marine Discovery, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.
Let’s give our time and love, go on days out, do Easter egg hunts, catch up with friends and enjoy making stuff with the family. Those memories last forever and leave no trace … other than the odd argument, but that’s all part of it too! Have fun!