Five tips for a sustainable Easter
07 April 2020
It seems like it was just Valentine’s Day, but now the Easter holiday is right around the corner.
With the environment on our mind, we’re here to share some ideas about how to celebrate Easter in a more sustainable manner.
Palm oil can be hard to spot, but be on the lookout for it.
1. When it comes to hot cross buns, look out for palm oil.
Nothing’s better than a sweet hot cross bun straight out of the oven on Easter Sunday. Just the thought of it is enough to transport you back to childhood.
Unfortunately, with many popular baked goods, if you’re buying store-bought options, palm oil might be lurking among the ingredients.
Why is that a problem? Sadly, much commercial palm oil is grown and harvested in ways that lead to widespread deforestation, which adds greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.
Even if you check the ingredient list, you might not find this problematic product listed anywhere, because companies aren’t legally required to label it. It might be listed as ‘vegetable oil’ or another similarly generic term.
For a festive Easter morning, if you suspect palm oil might be involved, look for the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) label on your store-bought package of buns. Or make your own!
After all, cooking with sustainable ingredients is a great way to be more environmentally friendly in your everyday life.
2. Be sweet to the environment.
We all know one thing for certain: Easter is a time for sweets. Just make sure to carefully select your lollies, chocolates and treats.
For starters, you might consider switching out the classic chocolate bunny for an adorable bilby. After all, these furry little friends are Australian all the way, and they need our help! Look for chocolate bilbies with a green tag to make sure they help support conservation efforts for this endangered marsupial.
In general, when filling Easter baskets, look for domestically produced or fairly traded chocolate.
And don’t forget that foil wrappers are probably recyclable!
3. Practice egg-cellence.
The festivities wouldn’t be complete without an egg hunt with your family, right?
But disposable plastic eggs add to landfill waste. For a more sustainable Easter, invest in reusable eggs to enclose your sweet treats.
There are eco-friendly reusable eggs made from food products instead of plastics, or you could get crafty and devise some of your own felted eggs.
4. Ditch the plastic.
While we’re on the topic of single-use plastics, think about where else these products show up in your celebrations. Prepare for a more sustainable Easter by eliminating them.
Single-use plastics become waste almost immediately upon purchase, contributing to landfills and potentially harming wildlife. They don’t break down, and they’re typically made from finite resources.
Extraneous plastic can be found just about anywhere in a typical Easter celebration, from disposable cups and cutlery to superfluous packaging. In fact, according to government statistics, about 10% of the waste in our landfills comes just from packaging!
Perhaps the most obvious substitution to make is switching out plastic Easter grass. Opt for reusable, compostable or recyclable versions made from more earth-friendly materials.
5. Weather the days ahead.
If you don’t have a long list of other home improvement projects awaiting your attention, spend some extra time weather-proofing your home, because winter will be here before you know it. Make sure cracks are well-sealed and that your house is appropriately insulated.
You’ll be glad you did. According to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, about 40% of the energy used in Australian homes is devoted to heating and cooling.
By keeping your home well-protected from the chilly temperatures ahead, you’ll limit your use of fossil fuels. As an added bonus, you’ll pay less on energy bills, too!
For Easter, and all year, select a sustainable super.
If you’re looking for more ways to live a sustainable life, how about taking a closer look at where your money is invested? Find out why LGS has been named Australia’s Best Green Super Fund six times.
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