#HaltonWasteChallenge Weekly! Week 4: Easter

Hello Friends of Halton Green Screens,

It is with mixed feelings that I have returned from my year of maternity leave. I miss my little one, but it is so exciting to be back active in the environmental community! And now I just need to make extra sure that the time I spend with the little one is good, quality time.

I have continued with my (roughly) weekly challenges during my leave, but my new priorities prevented me from writing about them. I’m ready now to hit the ground running and share all of it with you, successes and challenges!

With Easter coming up this weekend, I will start by sharing my challenge for this week, even though it was not actually week 4. Please join me in this challenge if you can, and share your experiences in the comments below or on Facebook. This week’s challenge should be great fun regardless of whether or not you celebrate Easter! It is also a great way to kick off Earth Week.

In addition to Easter, we are celebrating the little one’s first birthday this weekend. So one of my eco Easter activities was to turn toilet paper rolls into planters and plant kale seeds from my garden for our birthday guests to take home as favours.

These also make a great activity for kids, or a fun gift to help them get involved in planting a garden or an indoor planter! The baby and I both love our veggies, but they are still way more fun when you’ve grown them yourself.

Kale seedlings growing in upcycled toilet paper rolls

Kale seedlings growing in upcycled toilet paper rolls

To make the planters, cut toilet paper rolls in half and put 4 slits on one end. Fold the resulting 4 flaps down, overlapping them like you are closing a cardboard box. Square off the planter to help it stand. Fill it with some good soil, plant your seeds, and keep it moist until they grow. To plant them, simply open the flaps gently and plant the whole thing! This is a great way to start seedlings indoors even for plants that don’t always like to be transferred. If you are gentle when you open the bottom, you can avoid disturbing the roots too much.

The baby is still too young for Easter chocolates, but I am not! Neelan went to a vegan bakery and picked me up some chocolate cream eggs with no plastic or foil packaging. If you buy chocolates from bakeries or chocolatiers that make them on site, you can likely bring in your own container and avoid packaging altogether. The bakery where Neelan bought chocolates uses recyclable/compostable cardboard boxes if you do not bring your own. I’ve already eaten most of the chocolate but managed to save one for this weekend :)

Zero waste vegan chocolate egg

Zero waste vegan chocolate egg

What are you doing to celebrate Easter and/or kick off Earth Week?

Until next time,

Heather

#MindfulMom
#HaltonWasteChallenge

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