Five ideas for a ethical Easter

Here are five great ideas to make your Easter ethical and Fairtrade.

Easter is a beautiful time of year where the sun starts to peak through, the flowers are blooming and it is a time to reflect on the passion and resurrection of Jesus. Easter is a time of restoration and new beginnings; what better way to celebrate that by making your own Easter treats? It’s all well and good buying an Easter egg in the supermarkets, but why not make one? Maybe have a go at upcycling or do some baking. This Easter we can also celebrate new life and restoration with Fairtrade products that we use and which help care for the planet.

1. Make your own Easter egg

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This way there is no need for the chocolate foil or packaging which is mostly non-recyclable. If you’re making an egg for someone else, wrap it in tissue paper or put in a wooden basket.

What you’ll need:

Easter egg mould

300g Fairtrade chocolate

Small saucepan and bowl

Thermometer

Method

Temper the chocolate– this is important for the shine, snap and removal of the chocolate from the mould.

Make the eggs – follow this step by step guide.

Fill the egg with either your own mini eggs from the mould or with your favourite chocolate treats.

2. Bake home-made hot cross buns

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One great tradition at Easter time to celebrate the end of Lent is hot cross buns. Why not have a go at making your own this year?

What you’ll need:

200ml milk

¼ tsp powdered nutmeg

½ tsp powdered organic and Fairtrade cinnamon

¼ tsp powdered mixed spice

Pinch of saffron

7g of powdered easy-bake yeast

50g golden Fairtrade caster sugar

450g organic strong white flour

100g butter

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground ginger

3 eggs

150g organic currants

50g mixed peel

3 tbsp organic plain flour

Method – Follow this step by step guide

3. Turn your egg carton into mini plant pots


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What you’ll need:

1 egg carton

Scissors

Black marker pen

Potting soil

Seed packets

Spoon

Water

Method – Follow this step by step guide

When the plants get too big, you can plant it in the garden with the carton as this will decompose into the soil.

4. Build a chocolate bird’s nest

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What you’ll need:

200g Fairtrade chocolate broken into pieces

85g broken up organic Weetabix

100g mini Fairtrade chocolate eggs

Cupcake cases

Method

Melt the chocolate into a bowl and place over a pan of barely simmering water. Pour the chocolate over the shredded wheat and stir to combine well.

Spoon the chocolate wheat into 12 cupcake cases and press the back of a teaspoon in the centre to create a nest shape. Then place your mini chocolate eggs on top and put in the fridge.

5. And finally… Easter-themed pampering

 

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Lush have offered some gorgeous treats for the Easter festivities. Lush products are ethically sourced and they work to get their traders a fair wage. After all that baking and making Easter treats, this is another way to enjoy the Easter weekend.

Check out the Golden Egg, Chick ‘N’ Mix and Bunch of Carrots from Lush

Enjoy celebrating new life this weekend in all that you do. Remember Easter isn’t only about chocolate and bunnies but remembering the redemption which Jesus brings to all of us. Happy Easter!

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