Go Paperless this (Eco-friendly) Easter!

Natalie FineganAbout Dublin & Ireland, Blog, Culture

Easter bunny with balloons and 'Happiest Easter from Alpha College' message.

Easter is this Sunday and we hope you’re all prepared to gorge on chocolate and other treats!

Not only is Monday the 22nd of April a bank holiday – long-awaited and highly-revered by all, bank holidays are things of bliss in Ireland – it’s also World Earth Day.

Easter & World Earth Day

World Earth Day focuses on raising awareness for sustainable and ecological living. During significant cultural and religious holidays like Easter, it’s important to minimise waste and recycle as much as possible. This will help  in supporting a cleaner, greener and more environmentally stable world.

In February, Alpha hosted a ‘Small Changes’ pop-up meeting to showcase the ways people can become more environmentally focused by implementing small changes in their lives.  This initiative educated staff and students on sustainable living. It also influenced them to adopt some of these changes and encourage others to do so too. To find out how you can be more eco-friendly in everyday life check out the ‘Small Changes’ blog post!

World Earth Day poster.

How to be more environmentally friendly this Easter

For many, Easter is centred on giving and receiving chocolate bars, flamboyant eggs, a big dinner, and sweets. This Easter, try to be mindful of the amount of packaging that accompanies your Easter fare. Oftentimes packaging amounts to more than the actual chocolate itself, and is completely unnecessary.

Of course, it isn’t easy to just be eco-friendly, so we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for you to make your best effort.

    1. Go paperless! Buy Easter treats that require little to no packaging.
    2. If you can’t avoid packaging altogether, opt to buy from companies that provide biodegradable packaging and eco-friendly production methods. Brands that provide compostable and recyclable packaging include Chocolatey Clare and Buttercream Dream.
    3. Buy the chocolate and sweets in bulk, and opt for aluminium/tin foil wrapping.
    4. Some of you may still opt for packaging, so be sure to recycle it afterwards.
    5. Compost leftovers from dinner, and in the unlikely event there is chocolate left.
    6. Make your own Easter eggs at home.
    7. Dye or paint chicken eggs in the traditional holiday fashion, and use these as Easter decorations (then eat or compost them afterwards).  You can also use wooden or ceramic eggs for this, and use them as gifts in place of chocolate and cards.
    8. If you are keen on Easter decorations in your house use egg cartons, bottles, dyed egg shells and other recyclable items as decorations and gifts.
    9. Use reusable, mesh, or tote bags instead of purchasing plastic bags when shopping for all your Easter delights.

If you take away even one of these tips and enforce it over Easter weekend, you’ll be making one small change to help the environment! Naturally, Easter revolves around fun, family, and friends. However, the holiday can also be used to focus on mindfulness and sustainability.

Hand-painted and dyed eggs for Easter.

Give our tips a go, and avoid the guilt of seeing endless packaging after you’ve gorged yourself on ten Easter eggs. Let us know how you get on via our Instagram page! We wish everyone an eggselent, eco-friendly Easter, a happy bank holiday, and a proud World Earth Day!