Spring keeps sending nice teasing days of warmth and sunshine as small teasers of what’s to come. One of the things to come as spring approaches, though, is Easter. For those of us making the commitment to live greener lives, Easter can present a few moments of unease. There are so many unknowns when it comes to Easter and just how green it is. These green ideas will help you stay true to the traditions of Easter, without causing unintentional harm to your family or the planet.
Skip the Artificial Easter Egg Dye Kits – Go Natural Instead
One option that’s available for busy moms looking for a quick fix to their green Easter dilemma is the eco-eggs egg coloring kit. This is an egg dye kit that’s made from natural ingredients. It comes with three dyes and instructions on how to use them to create six colors, as well as a crayon and wire egg dipper.
The other option, for those who have a little more time to invest in creating stunning eggs for the Easter holiday is to create your own egg coloring using natural ingredients. Consider some of the items below to dye your eggs this Easter.
- Blue – blueberries, blueberry juice, purple grape juice, blackberries, or red cabbage leaves
- Lavender – violet blossoms plus lemon juice (two teaspoons) and hibiscus tea
- Green – spinach leaves
- Pink – cranberries, cranberry juice, raspberries, beets, and red grape juice
- Yellow – ground cumin or turmeric or saffron
While it’s possible to use canned and/or frozen fruits and vegetables to color Easter eggs, Gaiam suggests that the most vibrant colors come from fresh fruits and veggies.
The suggested recipe for these Easter egg concoctions is as follows:
- 4 cups fruit or vegetable
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of spice (if using one of the spices mentioned)
- 4 cups of water
Allowing eggs to soak overnight will also allow for more vivid colors. Once the eggs have been removed from the dye, place them in a cardboard egg container to dry.
What We Do All Day reminds us to save the shells from these eggs for the compost bin.
Greening Your Easter Baskets for Wider Appeal and Eco-Friendly Easter Fun
Easter baskets are about so much more than the baskets themselves. That being said, the basket is a great place to begin your greener Easter adventure. Look for handmade eco-friendly Easter baskets, or make one yourself. It can be a great craft project to work on with or for your children, and a lot of fun for everyone. If you’re not the crafty type, you might want to consider taking things one step beyond helping the planet, and help your fellow man by ordering a fair trade basket for your Easter celebrations.
Filling Your Easter Baskets with Planet Friendly Items
Now it’s time to shift the focus to what goes in the Easter basket. Let’s begin at the bottom and work our way up. Skip the plastic strings of Easter grass altogether. Nothing good for your planet, your home, or your pets can come of it. Consider using hay instead, or if you must have something green, consider adding a slim layer of green tissue paper to the bottom of the basket. Other options include repurposing a green tee-shirt or using shredded newspaper (you may or may not choose to paint the paper green).
Many people enjoy filling Easter baskets with candy and toys. Instead of looking for chocolate bunnies this year, go for rich organic chocolate treats instead. If your favorite little ones like fruitier treats, try organic gummy bears or other candies instead. Another option kids love is fresh fruit in the Easter basket. Using organic fruit makes it a no guilt treat for you. Even if your children are reluctant to eat fruit, consider melting a little fair trade chocolate with a tablespoon of coconut oil and dipping slices of fruit in it or making fruit kabobs. It’s amazing what kids will eat if it comes on a stick!
Choose small toys and trinkets that are either fair trade or green products. You may even consider making your own toys to include as gifts. Another great idea for filling baskets involves garden tools, seeds, and perhaps some rain boots for the little ones. These are all items that are ideal for rainy spring days ahead, and children love planting things and watching them grow.
Putting on a Greener Easter Bonnet
For some families Easter is a really big event in which everyone in the house gets new clothes. From head to toe, bonnets to shoes, families go out and shop for brand new Easter dresses and suits. It’s a big tradition. Unfortunately, these new outfits are generally so fancy and impractical that they’re only worn once or twice – for very special occasions, afterward. This creates a lot of waste.
Instead of going all out for your Easter clothing this year, consider either making purchases that are less fanciful and more practical. Look for comfort, versatility, and practicality in Easter clothing when buying new clothes this year. This will make the clothing infinitely more wearable, which means everyone will get more mileage from them. It makes it a better financial investment as well as a better choice for the sake of the planet.
Or, consider going to a consignment shop or thrift shop to outfit your family for Easter. If you haven’t shopped at a consignment or thrift shop lately, you’ll be amazed at big brand names that are available. Plus, you’ll be doing something great for the planet by giving these clothing items new life and keeping them out of the local landfill. As an added bonus, you’ll save a ton of money.
Traveling for Easter – How to Make Your Travel Plans Greener
Easter offers many opportunities to go greener this year. These are a few of the top ideas to consider for greening your Easter festivities. Another consideration is travel. If you’re flying home for Easter, consider purchasing carbon offsets to reduce your carbon footprint. If driving, consider traveling in hybrid vehicles.
Another thing you could consider to reduce your carbon footprint while traveling is to pack your own food, drinks, and snacks. This will help to reduce the waste associated with fast food and convenience store snacks so many people rely on while traveling. It only takes a little extra time to prepare, and gives you healthier, greener food while you’re on the go. When you know where your food comes from you can be confident that your food is a good choice for the planet.
It’s not the giant leaps from one or two corporations that are having the biggest impact on global warming. It’s the small steps ordinary people make each and every day to live greener lives that is. The decision to make this Easter a little greener by using the advice above may not sound like a big deal, but the planet feels otherwise about it.
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