In the UK we buy more than 80 million boxed chocolate eggs each year at Easter, and overall we're set to spend almost £900 million on Easter this year, generating thousands of tonnes of card, foil and plastic waste and costing millions in return to process and recycle all the packaging. When you think about it, this seems like quite a bizarre way to mark a religious festival or celebration of nature isn't it?  If you want to save money, produce less waste or get more chocolate than cardboard this year, here are our top tips for a greener Easter!

1) Recycle your wrapper

Here's an easy one. 160 tonnes of foil waste are produced every Easter, so when you've polished off your eggs scrunch all the foil up together in a big ball and chuck into your recycling bin.

2) Shop smart and choose a less packaged egg

As much as a third of the weight of an Easter egg is in the packaging. So don't be fooled by a big box, take a look at this guide from Which? showing which eggs give the most chocolate for your money.

3) Make the most of your cooking water

If you're boiling eggs over Easter, save the water to pour over your plants (once cooled). The water is full of Calcium which leaks from the eggshells during cooking and is great for plants. Get more tips on saving water here.

4) What's for lunch?

Bring something new to the table with a veggie main for your Easter lunch. Try these deliciously juicy cauliflower steaks, or this vegetarian moussaka and cottage pie also make for hearty meat-free mains. Check out our recipe blog for more culinary inspiration.

5) Leftover chocolate fondue

Don't let any chocolate go to waste! Once you're sick of eating Easter eggs, do a DIY fondue by melting any leftover chocolate in a pan/the microwave. Dip in fruit (if you need some nutrients) or marshmallows (if you don't).

6) Make your own decorations

Did you know you can make beautiful dyed eggs using things already in your kitchen? Jazz up your boiled eggs, or try egg blowing and keep them on display. We've got lots more crafty ideas too, from growing in egg shells to rabbit origami, if you want to get creative. 

7) Make your own chocolate treats

Avoid the chocolate egg packaging altogether by making your own. Gram for gram eggs are up to 73% more expensive than the same chocolate when sold in bars, so make your own and have twice as much! Getting creative with an egg mould means you can make personalised eggs, or check out these easy no-bake chocolate treats.