Put a Spring in your Step this Easter

What springs to mind when you think of Easter? 

Fresh starts? New beginnings? For those that are religious, celebrations of the end of lent and rebirth commence. And for many, easter egg hunts and time off spent with family begins. 

No matter your reasoning for celebrating the time of year, Easter has become yet another holiday which has fallen victim to more and more consumerism. With an abundance of issues associated with it, like palm oil, meat and dairy, unsustainable cocoa, excess plastic packaging and single-use Easter cards. The list goes on - and there's nothing there we haven't covered before.

This Easter we are going to offer some food for thought and focus primarily on how you can spring into action for an egg-cellent, ethical Easter - no matter what your reasons for celebrating the holiday (We'll stop with the easter puns now...). 

 

The Hunt for Ethical Easter Eggs 

Whilst everyones favourite Christmas chocolates are gone and the coconut flavoured choccies are all that remain of the Christmas assortment tubs, it is again time for another sugar surge. 

In the UK consumers nibble their way through more than 80 million Easter eggs each year - that's a lot of chocolate, palm oil, sugar, dairy and packaging. 

Did you know that 11.5 million tonnes of packaging waste is created each year? When you think of the thin egg shaped layer of chocolate and the branded miniature versions inside the foil-in-plastic-in-cardboard packaging, its easy to see that there is not enough being done to minimise the amount of un-needed packaging being used. 

There is however the argument that plastic currently offers protection for Easter eggs, and some forward thinking companies are ensuring this is biodegradable or made from recycled materials.

However are the environmental impacts justified by our favourite chocolate in the shape of an egg?  To encourage the shift, why not sign Friends of the Earth's campaign for plastic-free Easter 2019?

Branded eggs, often on offer in the supermarkets are somewhat impersonal and almost bought by habit - why not make your own Easter egg? You can choose your own flavours and eliminate any packaging waste!

If creativity isn't your forte, The Ethical Superstore (highlighted below) also has a range of ethical and vegan Easter eggs to choose from, and good news: not only are their products ethical, but the majority of their packaging can be recycled.

 

Egg-squisite Easter cards

Okay, no more puns....

Each year, around 10 million Easter cards are exchanged in the UK - that's a whole lot of paper and card.

But why do we send them in the first place? To show others that we care and are thinking about them in times of celebration? Why not make it more personal and try your hand at making your own cards? Make it a bit more eggs-clusive... okay who are we kidding, there are plenty more puns to come...

If Easter cards are a tradition you wouldn't like to do without, why not try your hand at making your own cards? Otherwise, there are some cards that are just as egg-citing available from:

 Ripped up Art - Happy Easter Card

Ripped up Art - Happy Easter Card

Ethical Market - offering a range of fairly made, recycled and sustainable cards 

Traidcraft - "the original fair trade pioneers in the UK, advocating the importance of organic farming, sustainability and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world" 

Ripped up Art - here you can find amazing cards (such as the one pictured left) which are made from 100% recycled paper and seeds. After Easter, these cards can be planted in a garden or a pot to grow into beautiful wildflowers - giving your cards another life

 

 

Egg-ceptional recipes

Good Friday

Traditionally on Good Friday fish and chips is the go-to food but this year why not try something new? Allow Veganuary to become Veg-april with this great recipe for vegan to-fish

 

Easter dinner:

Remember that feeling of seeing the cute lambs jumping around the fields? Let that inspire you to try one of these vegetarian roast recipes. You'd be nuts not to... (that one wasn't Easter related). 

  1. Easy vegan nut roast
  2. If you are a keen cook and enjoy a little more of a challenge in the kitchen, try Jamie Oliver's vegan nut roast
  3. Something a little more sophisticated and sure to impress is this mushroom wellington (ingredients can be substituted to make vegan if you wish)

Don't skimp on the trimmings:

Vegan cauliflower cheese

Maple and orange glazed carrots & parsnips, which is a great vegan alternative to honey-glazed vegetables

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... and there's always room for dessert: 

Vegan hot-cross buns

Vegan carrot cake

Vegan Simnel cake

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No matter how you spend your weekend, we hope you have a Hoppy Easter

 
 

The Ethical Supermarket offers an egg-straordinary range of products for an Ethical Easter, with our favourites being the range of alternative and vegan Easter eggs. Use voucher code [code no longer valid] to enjoy £5 off when you spend £30 - (we'd love to hear what your favourites are this Easter!)

 

Divine Chocolate's Rich Dark with Mint Crisp

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  • Fairtrade cocoa grown by family farmers in Ghana who own 44% of the company

  • Vegan

  • Made with natural ingredients including 100% pure cocoa butter

  • Free from: dairy, gluten, wheat, soya, palm oil and artificial ingredients

  • Made in the UK

  • Cardboard box is recyclable, foil can be taken to recycling points

 

 

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Plamil's Organic milk chocolate alternative egg

  • Dairy free

  • Fairtrade

  • Organic

  • Vegan

  • Produced in a factory which never uses gluten, dairy or nuts

  • No plastic packaging