Sunday is Easter! If you have children, they are probably ready to dye eggs and search for baskets filled with goodies this weekend. While you plan your holiday activities, consider how to Green your Easter. In other words, you can celebrate without waste in an eco-friendly manner.
Let’s hop to it!
Our top 5 tips for a green Easter are:
1. Instead of buying “Easter grass” made of cellophane (a plastic product, made with the use of harmful chemicals), make your own by coloring newspaper and then shredding it. Its a fun project for kids and good demonstration of re-using products instead of buying new ones.
2. Dye your eggs using natural products or food coloring, rather than buying the mass-produced kits at the stores (wasteful!) First, hard boil your eggs. Then take 1/2 c. boiling water, 1 t. of white vinegar and several drops of natural food coloring. With the hot water, be sure to carefully supervise your kids! Another idea is to have your children color/draw on the hardboiled eggs with non-toxic markers.
3. Keep to chocolate bunnies. Resist the temptation to bring home a live Easter bunny. Not only do these pets end up unwanted in a large number of cases, but they are not kid-friendly. Bunnies tend to bite – both people and electrical cords. You may end up with allergies, and they need to be spayed or neutered like any other pet…. as well as housebroken! Bunnies live for 10 years and are fairly high maintenance. If you are longing for a photo with your child holding a bunny, then opt for a snuggly stuffed animal version instead.
4. No plastic eggs! Don’t be hare-brained (couldn’t resist). This type of plastic is potentially dangerous, and may even be a choking hazard to younger children. As noted on Wikipedia:
Plastics often contain a variety of toxic additives. For example, plasticizers like adipates and phthalates are often added to brittle plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to make them pliable enough for use in food packaging, children’s toys and teethers, tubing, shower curtains and other items. Traces of these chemicals can leach out of the plastic when it comes into contact with food. Out of these concerns, the European Union has banned the use of DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate), the most widely used plasticizer in PVC. Some compounds leaching from polystyrene food containers have been found to interfere with hormone functions and are suspected human carcinogens.
Have your kids hunt for real eggs instead. Then, enjoy deviled eggs or egg salad sandwiches later.
5. Minimize consumer spending. Retailers hype Easter, just as with other major holidays. Don’t give into not-so-subtle pressures to buy extra gifts and candy for your children. Focus on family-fun activities like egg hunts and spending time together over Easter brunch. Get outside and enjoy the fresh spring air. And above all… remember the reason for the holiday.
Have a blessed, green Easter!