If you celebrate this holiday, follow these tips to make your festivities more eco-friendly…
Many people stuff Easter baskets full of plastic green grass to fill space and make the baskets look more festive, but this year, break away from this tradition. Instead of using plastic grass, shred colored construction paper so the pieces can be recycled after the Easter fun is over.
Eggs play a huge role in Easter celebrations, and you don’t have to give them up in order to have an eco-friendly holiday. If you put candy inside of plastic eggs, be sure to collect them after the celebration is over, wash them out, and reuse them again next year. If your kids are slowly outgrowing Easter, wash the eggs and donate them to a local organization that hosts Easter celebrations in the community.
Do you plan on dyeing eggs? There are two ways you can make this Easter tradition more eco-friendly. If you dye real eggs, you may be able to eat them after Easter is over so they don’t go to waste. Good Housekeeping recommends using food-grade dyes and keeping the eggs refrigerated as much as possible if you plan on eating them. If you’ve had them outside of the refrigerator for more than two hours, it’s best that you toss them.
However, if you don’t plan on eating the eggs, you can always dye wooden eggs instead. There are plenty of inexpensive, unpainted wooden eggs online that will help you and your family celebrate Easter without wasting a dozen real eggs.
As you shop for Easter candy, be sure to look at how each candy is packaged before putting it in your cart. For example, many chocolate bunnies are wrapped in foil, held in place by plastic, and then packaged in cardboard boxes. This is an excessive amount of packaging for one chocolate bunny, and it produces a lot of unnecessary waste. Try to find candies that have as little packaging as possible to make your kids’ Easter baskets more eco-friendly.
Many parents buy new Easter baskets every year because their kids always expect to see a different basket. If you have a pile of Easter baskets in storage, instead of buying a new one, ask other parents in your neighborhood if they would be interested in exchanging old baskets. Your kids will never know that the basket used to belong to someone else. Plus, you won’t have to go out and buy another basket that will only be used for a day before it begins collecting dust in storage.
This Easter, start a new eco-friendly tradition with your family. Since Easter is in the spring, there’s no better time to create a garden in your backyard or plant a tree. This will help you bond as a family, celebrate Easter in a more eco-friendly way, and start a unique tradition that your kids will remember forever.Follow these tips to ensure your Easter celebration is family-oriented, fun, and of course, eco-friendly!