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Our guide to having a sustainable Easter

This Easter why not try reducing waste and being more green? We’ve put together some top tips to help you achieve a more sustainable Easter.

Easter eggs

There are many opportunities to be sustainable with your Easter eggs. To reduce our footprint, opt for eggs with minimal or no plastic. Look for foil-wrapped options without the extra plastic casing – they protect the chocolate and are still recyclable! Once you’ve eaten all of your tasty treats make sure you collect all of the foil and recycle it where possible. Don't forget, the cardboard packaging can go in your green recycling bin.

A great alternative would be to make your own Easter eggs at home. BBC Good Food has a great recipe to help you get creative in the kitchen. This article from Moral Fibres showcases the best ethical eggs including dairy and palm oil free options.


If you are planning on making a tasty Easter Sunday lunch why not try buying locally grown produce? Across Basingstoke and Deane we are lucky to have many opportunities to buy organic or local sourced produce right on our doorstep! Harroway Organic and Northdown Orchard are great places to find fresh, seasonal produce. 

If, like us, you have a habit of making a little bit too much food at Easter, consider using your leftovers for another meal instead of throwing them away. Sustainable Overton has lots of resources you can use to make the most of your leftover food. Love Food Hate Waste also has lots of recipes to help reduce food waste including turning Sunday roast leftovers into patties. Alternatively, if you have a home compost bin you can add the leftovers to further reduce your food waste. 

If you have food you won’t be using then why not use the Olio app? It enables you to list food items for your neighbours to collect and use instead of throwing them away.

Did you know around 8 million Easter eggs get tossed every year? Shocking, right? If you aren't going to eat yours then either list on the Olio app or melt it down and create an Easter tiffin with the chocolate and the fillings.

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Easter activities

If you usually organise an Easter egg hunt opt for using more sustainable materials instead of plastic. Paper eggs are biodegradable and wooden eggs are a great alternative and can be used year on year. It is especially important to avoid using plastic when organising outdoor easter egg hunts as if left unfound this could be damaging to the surrounding wildlife, so opt for eco-friendly materials where possible.  

Instead of filling your eggs with chocolate or plastic toys why not think about alternatives like puzzle pieces to make a full puzzle or perhaps some seeds to plant in the garden.

Easter decorations are another activity which can easily become sustainable. Did you know you can create natural dye for your easter eggs? Better Homes and Gardens has a really simple guide showing how to do this using things like apples, onions and red cabbage.

To get the kids out of the house during the Easter break why not check out our guide to the top things to do in Basingstoke and Deane this Easter?

Save energy

If you are going away for the Easter break remember to switch off all appliances and lighting in your home or office.

If you have any other ideas for a greener Easter drop us an email at

Updated February 2024

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