The Fluff / My Rambling
Going Zero Waste is difficult enough as it is without the fast approach of a celebration or event looming over our heads. Events like Easter, Christmas, Australia Day or any holiday for that matter come packaged in shiny plastic packaging and nonsense trinkets that get thrown away at the end of the big day. Practicing zero waste or a low waste lifestyle takes time, practice and patience. There will be failures and that is okay! Just the other day Lindsay Miles (@treadingmyownpath) a HUGE zero waste educator shared with us on her Insta story how her newly published book “Less Stuff : Simple zero-waste steps to a joyful and clutter free life” (congratulations by the way!) arrived at her house and were unfortunately packaged with plastic 😦 instead of getting upset she said she would be emailing the company in regards to the plastic. Another big name in the zero/low waste game is @simpleishliving who ordered a hot latte in a mug and instead was given a cold iced latte with yes, a plastic straw. She said that she didn’t send it back as she didn’t want them to waste it and its ingredients. Stuff like this happens and there is no point in beating yourself up over it.
A zero/low waste Easter is in fact doable but please do not get despondent if you cannot achieve complete zero waste! The number one option is to hand make a card, scrap the gifts and chocolate and spend the day appreciating your family and friends. If you are inclined to give chocolate (I mean, its Easter so yeah, chocolate) the opt to shop at a bulk food store, the local one for me is The Source Bulk Foods who have a range of yummy vegan and zero waste easter treats. If bulk is not for you because you do not have access to it or if it is too expensive (for me its a lotta pricey!) then your next bet is your local super market.
Zero Waste at the Supermarket?
So it is not entirely impossible to shop zero waste at the supermarket. It is not as straight forward as walking into a bulk food store where the majority of products are naked or packaged in glass or cardboard. The supermarket is a DEATH trap for plastic, nearly everything within the walls of that place is to some degree plastic. Here is an example, you’ll be toddling down the aisle and come across a tasty looking treat that is *O.M.G* packaged in cardboard, only to find out the packaging inside is plastic, how unnecessary. *Side note* Herbert Adams frozen pies from Woolworths are packed in a cardboard box and a cardboard box alone, HOW AMAZING (my favourite is the chicken and leek) Anyways, back to zero waste supermarket chocolate: Basically anything packaged in aluminium foil or cardboard. The individual Cadbury eggs and bunnies. Lindt bunnies (however, they use palm oil in their products so I tend to avoid them. They do claim it is sustainable though.)
Aluminium foil can be recycled endlessly according to GoingZeroWasteblog read her post from a few years ago on a zero waste Easter in 2017. So, the best way to ensure your foil is recycled is by scrunching it up as small as possible and storing it in a half open tin can (pull tab lid still semi attached). When it is all full all you have to do is ensure you close the lid again and voila you have successfully participated in a low waste Easter.
What I did last year was a little different, I made my parents participate in an adult easter egg hunt where instead of eggs I hid bottles of wine (hehe, I promise we are not alcoholics). I rummaged through the five, six and ten dollar bins at the local bottle store and got each parent three bottles each, let’s just say they were thrilled! I plan on doing this again this year but will also incorporate chocolate too because I mean, its chocolate. I will head to my local bulk store and have a browse around but if it is too expensive for me then I’ll be back the supermarket carefully choosing my low waste alternatives. At the end of the day it is about trying, not about perfection. Be conscious of your actions and realise that you DO have an impact on the world around you!
Have a good Easter, thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings. xx