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Sustainable Easter Goodness

Sustainable Easter Goodness
Sustainable Easter Goodness
Sustainable Easter Goodness
Sustainable Easter Goodness
CateLawrence

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Easter is coming! Whether you celebrate it as a Christian rebirth, a paegan time of renewal or a chocolate lover's license to indulge, this is the time where your purchasing power and how you choose to celebrate really does count.

 

Things you can do :

Buy Fairtrade Chocolate
Buying Fairtrade Certified Easter Eggs and chocolate helps tackle the issues of child trafficking and labour - both major problems resulting from cocoa production. You can get many fair trade chocolate brands at your local supermarket or speciality shops. You can see a list of stockists here.

Support Easter Bilbies
Consider an Easter bilby, to support conservation efforts to secure the breeding of wild bilbies.

Shop local
Consider support small local businesses. Buy handmade chocolates or hot cross buns from a local store, cafe or health food shop. There's also homemade jams and chutney, even home made beer! Non-food gifts are also a good bet. Bulbs are wonderful this time of year and seeds are always well received. A plant is always a better gift than a purchased bunch of flowers.

Make it yourself
Maybe you'd like to make your own hot cross buns?. It's a great way to learn a new skill and cooking in bulk can reduce packaging and gives you the opportunity to personalise your buns: Chocolate chips? Nuts? Peel? You decide!

Decorate it yourself
Skip the chocolate and decorate free range eggs yourself with natural dyes or even coloured textas at home. Get the kids involved!

Catering the green way

Having friends over for Sunday easter lunch? There's lots of ways you can make your meal sustainabile.

  • Use RSVP's as guide for cooking quantities to avoid food wate
  • Shop seasonally: figs, nectarines, plums, tomatoes, zucchinis are beetroot are all wonderful this time of year.
  • Where possible, buy food from your local market or farmer's market
  • Consider cold seagood such as calamari, octopus, whiting or oysters and check of the Sustainable Seafood Guide
  • For a large crowd consider a keg or punch over cans and small bottles
  • Enjoy beer and wine from local wineries and microbreweries.
Focus on experiences not food
Spending time with loved ones is the best gift of all. Host a pot luck where everyone brings a dish. Put on a film night outside. Organise a picnic. Camping and holidaying is a popular Australian easter past time.
 
There's lots of ways Easter can be an enjoyable time of rest and celebration and you can have your chocolate and eat it too!

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chocolate, cooking, Easter, ethical, holiday, hot cross buns, rabbits, recipes, sustainable