While not everyone celebrates the religious holiday of Easter, the day is often associated with Spring and fun activities for the children, such as dyeing Easter eggs and eating the tons of candy from their Easter basket. As Easter Sunday soon approaches, we challenge you to incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly actions in your planning and holiday events for a sustainable Easter break!
Fortunately, making these small adjustments around your holiday are very easy and allow you to celebrate in a traditional festive style while also promoting a sustainable lifestyle. Here are a few fun ideas to make your next Easter break and celebration more eco-friendly:
Share holiday greetings with e cards
Rather than continuously buying a bunch of cards at your Hallmark, just send your loved ones an eye-popping e-card!
Use locally sourced eggs
If you choose to paint real eggs, try to support your local farmer and buy eggs from pasture-raised chickens, since those eggs are healthier for you and contain more vitamin A, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids. However, other alternatives to painting real eggs are to decorate wooden eggs, or even plastic eggs that can be composted, or even reused as decoration pieces around your home!
Use biodegradable ingredients to create your egg dye
When dying your easter eggs, skip out on the chemical filled egg dye and instead create your own homemade natural dyes, using vinegar and spices, fruits, and vegetables. Another way to get creative in this decorating process, is to try and dress up your eggs with fruit and veg peelings, cress, or reusing old packaging, or even using fabric to create a tie-dyed Easter egg!
Avoid wasting your Easter eggs
If you choose to hard boil fresh eggs before you dye them, do not throw them out after you are done dying them! That would be wasteful! Instead, opt to turn the eggs into a delicious dish like deviled eggs, pickled eggs, or even an egg salad.
Rather than using a plastic basket, try to look for a basket made of materials direct from nature, a paper basket grass OR better yet, recycle and just use the basket from last year! You can even stuff all the goodies inside and fill it up with cut-up newspaper and magazine clippings.
Additionally, if you do not have a basket, and cannot find a way to upcycle using materials around your house (tote bags, gift boxes and other containers that you have sitting around), you can invest in a new one that will last for years to come.
Candy: healthier alternatives
We all know how much kids (and us adults!) love indulging in the treats like chocolate bunnies and peeps found in the Easter basket. However, this year try and substitute your favorites for healthier alternatives. When you’re buying chocolate, make sure it’s organic, fair-trade, and certified Rainforest Alliance (so it’s good for you and the planet). You can even try raw cacao, which is loaded with vitamins and minerals, or bake your own vegan desserts and cakes in festive shapes!