The highlights of Easter celebrations with kids are coloured eggs, Easter baskets, and of course, chocolate.
The trouble is, a lot of these products are produced in environmentally unfriendly ways, and many of them are meant to be disposable, rather than reusable.
Here we share a few sustainable Easter ideas which will help you reuse your decorations year after year, and make even the brightest Easter baskets easily affordable.
First off, the Easter basket.
Instead of buying a plastic basket at your local store, think of ways to improvise. If you want something green but fancy, there’s a wide selection of wooden and wicker baskets you could find at your local florist or gift shop.
If you want to try and find something around your house as a substitute, think about using an old flower basket instead. After all, it’s what’s in the basket that your kids will be most impressed with.
When it comes to lining your basket with something fun, don’t bother picking up the bags of shredded plastic at your local store – instead, try running a few pieces of construction paper or fabric through a paper shredder.
If you plan a week or two ahead, you can actually use real grass to fill your basket.
Just line the basket with a layer of plastic, put a few inches of soil in, and sprinkle some wheatgrass seeds on top. Keep them moist, and when they start to sprout, put them in the sun.
By Easter morning you should have a nice organic basket with fresh and real grass!
If you invest in making a good, reusable basket for each child in your family, it can become a tradition to use it year after year with no added cost.
After you’ve got your basket set up, it’s time to start colouring some eggs to fill it up.
Instead of using store bought dye packages or straight up food colouring, try going the natural route this year and dye the eggs with some regular vegetables you might have left over from dinner.
When it comes to coloring Easter eggs, there are a lot of sustainable options available.
One option is to use food coloring. This is a great choice if you want to avoid using synthetic dyes, which can be harmful to the environment. Another option is to use natural dyes made from plant materials.
For example, you can use beet juice to create a beautiful pink color, or turmeric to create a yellow hue.
If you’re looking for something a little more unusual, you can even try using coffee or tea to tint your eggs. Whatever method you choose, coloring Easter eggs sustainably is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment.
Click here for our instructions on how to dye your eggs naturally with ingredients from around the house, like oranges, lemons and coffee.
Chocolate and Candy
There is an abundance of chocolate and candy on the shelves at Easter. But what type of treats should you be selecting for your kids?
Consider thinking outside the box and have the Easter Bunny bring snack foods that your children enjoy but that aren’t necessarily “sweet.”
If chocolate is a must-have, try buying organic or fair trade chocolate.
Organic chocolate is made the same as most other chocolate, except with cocoa beans that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides.
Fair trade chocolate means the cocoa and sugar farmers who helped grow the ingredients used in the process are guaranteed fair pay for what they’ve done, and ensures a better quality of life for the people who worked towards making the delicious treat.
Other Sustainable Easter Tips
Easter is a time to come together and celebrate new life. As we enjoy the chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs, let’s also think about how we can make our celebrations sustainable. Here are a few more ways to have an Eco-friendly Easter:
- Avoid wasteful packaging – choose products that are minimally packaged, or better yet, make your own Easter treats!
- Support local businesses – buy your Easter eggs and chocolate from local producers who use sustainable practices.
- Skip the plastic grass – use shredded paper or natural materials like moss to line your Easter baskets.
- Use rechargeable batteries – many Easter decorations require batteries, so opt for rechargeable ones to avoid waste.
- Donate instead of discarding – Give away whatever you’re not using instead of discarding it for the landfills.
Hopefully all of these green Easter ideas help make this year a special one. If you have some green Easter tips of your own, be sure to leave them in the comments for everyone else to try out as well.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for freshness and consistency.