By Chris Keenan |
Surprisingly, it is very simple to turn Easter “green” and celebrate in an environmentally friendly fashion. This year, tweak your traditions just a bit and enjoy the holiday knowing that you’ve made it a little better for both your family and the Earth.
1. Use the same basket each year.
It’s tempting to purchase a new basket or bucket every time Easter rolls around. After all, the shelves are stocked with adorable options that might leave you feeling a bit wistful. However, you can save money by simply reusing your old basket. Your children won’t care; they are much more interested in what winds up inside the basket. Invest in a good quality product for each child in your family, and make it a tradition to use it year after year.
2. Dye eggs naturally.
Egg dying kits are certainly convenient, but they also contain a lot of chemicals. Why not make your own dye? Several foods provide a good base, including spinach, beets, turmeric, blueberries, grape juice and red cabbage.
Check out our full guide on using natural ingredients to dye your easter eggs.
Remember, though, that you need to allot more time to the dying process if you are using this method.
If you’d rather not make dye, simply look for an all-natural product. You should have no trouble finding something in the local health food store. While you’ll end up spending a bit more, you should love the end result.
3. “Mail” digital invitations.
Hosting an egg hunt or Easter Sunday brunch? Opt for digital invitations this year and send them via email. There are a lot of free options online that offer this service, and you’ll save several trees in the process. Plus, digital invitations afford you the opportunity to send out reminders and allow you to keep track of all your responses in one convenient place.
4. Choose candy carefully.
There is an abundance of candy on the shelves at Easter. But, what type of treats are you selecting for your children? Consider going the natural route. There are fewer artificial flavors, colors and preservatives in these products than some of the name brands you’ve come to know and love. Options include organic, fair trade or even vegan candy. Also, think outside the box, and have the Easter Bunny bring snack foods that your children enjoy but that aren’t necessarily “sweet.”
5. Reuse and recycle.
If you decide to use plastic eggs for your Easter celebration, make sure you clean them out and pack them up to reuse again next year. If you plan on making a big meal, decide ahead of time what you want to do with your leftovers. The extra eggs, for example, can be turned into a delicious egg salad. Anything that can’t be reused should be thrown away, however, because you don’t want the leftovers to attract bugs that must then be dealt with by a pest control company.
Finally, remember to recycle. Metal cans, paper decorations and paper candy bags can all go into the bin.
Easter is often associated with new beginnings. Make this the year that you embrace eco-friendly tips and techniques, and start new traditions that everyone in the family feels good about.