Published on April 13th, 2011 | by Shellee Tyler
5 Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas
Looking for ways to celebrate a Green Easter this year? Easter ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s finding ones that won’t wreak havoc on the environment that’s the problem. From egg decorating to candy selection, here are my top picks for eco-friendly Easter ideas that will keep your holiday firmly in the green zone.
Edible Easter Grass. This product is an essential candy item for Easter. This is very eco-friendly as nothing goes into a landfill. This also a safer product if you have small children or babies who are crawling around — plastic grass can get stuck in your child’s throat and is also undetectable on an X-ray.
I buy plastic eggs but I reuse them year after year. You can also get fresh organic eggs from a local farmer in your area and use the following list of dye-free ideas:
- For pink- and red-colored eggs, use cranberry juice, beets, or raspberries.
- For yellow eggs, use saffron or turmeric.
- For purple eggs, use red wine.
- For blue eggs, use red cabbage leaves or blueberries.
- For brown eggs, use grape juice, rosehip tea, or coffee.
- For orange eggs, use yellow onion skins.
I always make my own Easter candy, using holiday sucker kits from Wal-Mart and homemade peanut butter eggs. Then I decorate the Easter egg with the child’s name, bunnies, a cross or flowers. This eliminates the plastic toys that come with the Easter candy. My kids never played with the toys and seldom ate the candy, saying the candy didn’t taste right. So I stopped buying them. It was a waste of money, adds more trash to the landfills, and somehow ends up in our oceans.
Skip the single-use disposable toys in favor of a small Bible, puzzles, books, jump ropes, crayons, egg-shaped chalk, bubbles, garden seeds (flowers, fruits and veggies), a small watering can for the garden, craft supplies etc.
I buy pretty baskets year round for my home to store stuff such as magazines, books and toys. I just reuse these at Easter. I always go to a resale store to purchase — these they are much cheaper and you can always find use for a basket in a house with kids.
With Easter around the corner, the time has come to start baking and making gifts for baskets — hope these tips will help! I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Easter — enjoy the holiday and respect our Planet.
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