Greening your Easter

Happy Good Friday! Easter is almost upon us, and kids will enjoy a day with family while hunting for those hidden Easter eggs and other fun activities. As with any holiday, there are ways to reduce the environmental impact some products can have on the planet. In preparation for the exciting day, here are 5 tips to make your Easter Sunday a bit greener than the last.

Ditch the fake plastic eggs

Filling eggs with treats and hiding them for children to find is a popular tradition for many families. However, those small plastic eggs are made with harmful plastics that pollute landfills after Easter. Instead of buying disposable eggs, use real eggs. Not only decorate the shell to make a personalized egg, but you can also save the yolk and egg white for later! This page includes a great tutorial on how to blow out an egg.

Color your eggs with natural dyes

When dyeing eggs this year, opt for coloring methods that use plant- or fruit- based dyes that are safer than the commercially produced ones. All you need is vinegar and various vegetables of different colors. Some examples of great ingredients to use are beets, blueberries and spinach. This page includes instructions on how to make these natural dyes.

Fill those baskets with healthy snacks or eco-friendly gifts

Look for healthy snacks and eco-friendly gifts to fill children’s Easter baskets. Go for items that you know they will use for longer than a year instead of small trinkets that will get donated or thrown away.

Recycle or craft decorations – try not to buy!

Try to find substitutes for bought decorations. For example, instead of using fake plastic grass to fill baskets, find old newspapers or magazines to shred.

Look for eco-friendly chocolate

Of course, what is Easter without chocolate? Find delicious fair trade chocolate that are ethically produced or treats that are wrapped in recycled packaging.