Sustainability Sunday #14

Why it’s way cuter to make your own Easter gifts this year.

The UK uses around 5 MILLION TONNES of plastic every year; that’s the equivalent of the weight of over 83 million people who weigh the same as me.  Statistics like this make waste geeks like me freak out, as does going grocery shopping anytime from the beginning of February when the first little Lindt bunnies start appearing on the ends of aisles in supermarkets.

Easter eggs are a packaging crime, surely everyone else out there is thinking the same thing: “Why am I paying £10 for a box that has 5x more paper and plastic than egg?” Every year Cadbury, Mars, Nestle, Thorntons etc. etc. all claim to reduce packaging by 20%, 25%, 40%, but how much is true? They still look the same to me. 

To make this whole debacle a little more sustainable, I’m suggesting a little forward planning for next Easter, and a little DIY: homemade treats!

All you need is a pile of chocky, some balloons, mini marshmallows, sprinkles and glitter, a couple hours playtime and some fridge space (optional depending on how high you have your heating):

  • Blow up a couple of balloons and stand them knot-side down in some mugs, best stood on a wipe clean work surface
  • Melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water – be careful if you do this in the microwave in case you burn the chocolate
  • Once melted and slightly cooled (or you’ll pop your balloon!) use a spoon to pour the chocolate over the top of the balloon, spreading it down the sides as low as you can. Decorate with sprinkles, glitter and marshmallows 
  • Either leave these to cool on the side or pop in the fridge if you’ve space. 

  

If you fancy a little bunny more than an egg, you can also get some chocolate moulds from most kitchen shops (or for no more than £3 off of eBay). Melt your chocolate as before, fill the moulds and pop them in the fridge to set. 

If you’re not feeling creative, or simply don’t have the time to get in the kitchen in the run-up to Easter, Sainsbury’s have a short-term recycling programme specifically for Easter packaging that they started in 2014. So if you’re not going to make an egg, buy one from Sainbury’s and take your bits back next time…. But it is better to make them 😀

Happy Easter! 🐣

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