Please note that many of these articles were originally written for the old GB Wildlife site in between 2008 – 2010 and organisations may have changed since then.

 

Eco-Living – How to have a Green Easter

AVOID PACKAGING

When choosing an Easter present look for the egg with the least packaging. Green and Blacks have committed to using completely recycled cardboard packaging on all their eggs this year. Even M&S are taking Easter waste seriously and have reduced total packaging by 23.5 tonnes since 2008 – the equivalent of three double-decker buses – and Easter egg wrapping by 30%.

TRY MEAT-FREE

To reduce carbon emissions this Easter, why not try a vegetarian feast. See https://vegsoc.org/ for ideas and recipes. Raising cattle is one of the most damaging aspects of modern farming. Cattle farming causes the most environmental damage of any non-human species through over-grazing, soil erosion, desertification and tropical deforestation for ranches, in addition to their gaseous emissions and manure products. Studies on world food security estimate that an affluent diet containing meat requires up to three times as many resources as a vegetarian diet.

GO LOCAL

When sourcing food for your Easter feast check out your local farmer’s market or farm shop and buy directly from the producers. This allows you to purchase fresh seasonal produce that tastes better and is often cheaper than fruit and vegetables from the supermarket.

CONSCIOUS CHOCOLATE

In Britain we eat more chocolate per capita than any other country – over £1.20 per person, a week. It’s difficult to connect that chocolate with whether a family can afford to put food on the table or send a child to school. But the prices many conventional cocoa farmers receive for their wares make it challenging to survive. Choose fair-trade chocolate this Easter from companies such as Divinechocolate.com.

LOOK FOR LUXURY

Forget cheap chocolate and throwaway packaging – Booja Booja’s unique, hand-painted eggs are made by traditional artists in Kashmir and filled with sumptuous organic chocolate truffles.

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

Many cut flowers are grown on the other side of the world at huge environmental and social cost. Before grabbing a bunch of flowers from the supermarket or nearest garage consider a bunch of British-grown narcissi from the Scilly Isles. Their delicate fragrance will fill the house with the scent of spring, and as they are hand-picked on the day they are sent in bud form they will last longer. Available from https://www.scillyflowers.co.uk where they grow surrounded by woodland and with a view of the sea.

Melissa Corkhill editor of The Green Parent magazine and author of two books on green living will be writing monthly articles for GBWildlife.co.uk She lives in rural Sussex surrounded by woodland and wildlife and is passionate about environmental issues.

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