Holidays are no exception to being environmentally conscious – learn how to reduce your carbon footprint this Easter! Here are some tips to help you celebrate the green way.
1. Easter baskets are only used once a year – think about it!
Plastic Easter baskets are usually petroleum based, which means that money and resources are wasted from production to purchase. Swap that plastic basket out for a ceramic pot, eco sand bucket, or reusable tote.
Re-use woven baskets if you don’t already (the same goes for plastic eggs!). Woven Easter baskets can be stored in a cool, dry place like the garage, attic, or closet.
2. Skip the preservatives and high fructose corn syrup by opting for organic treats. You can either purchase from eco-friendly companies or make your own!
Lots of organic candies can be found on Amazon. Some good brands include Newman’s Organics, Green & Blacks, Theo, and Black Forest Organic.
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If you’re feeling creative, try making your own candy. That way, you can control the amount of sugar and cut out dyes and other unnecessary additives for good. This could turn into a fun activity for your littles as well.
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3. Replace plastic Easter grass with shreds of 100% recycled paper. That annoying plastic grass often ends up clogging landfills. Make the change and go for Easter grass made from paper that’s been recycled.
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Another option would be to grow your own patch of grass in a tin specifically to be used in your Easter basket. This will give off oxygen and turn any basic basket into festive décor with a twist.
4. Coloring eggs is an Easter tradition that can be adjusted to fit an eco-friendly lifestyle. Buying fresh organic eggs from a local farmer and using natural to dye the eggs are ideal for partaking in holiday festivities with consideration of our Mama Earth.
Instead of using food coloring and dyes, use the guide below to know which ingredients will help you achieve the egg colors you want!
Pink/red: cranberry juice, beets, raspberries, or rhubarb
Yellow: saffron, cumin, or turmeric
Purple: red wine or red onion skins
Blue: red cabbage leaves or blueberries
Brown: grape juice, rosehip tea, or coffee
Orange: yellow onion skins or chili powder