5 Ideas forEco-friendly Easter Celebrati...
Easter is the perfect time to celebrate spring and all of its beauty. It’s a holiday that is all about rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings. This makes it a great time to reflect on how your everyday actions can impact the environment — as well as what you can do to make a difference. We have gathered 5 ideas for you to consider on how to make your Easter celebration more eco-friendly.
If we give out ideas here on how to use more environmentally friendly substitutes, we do not want you to throw out what you have. Reusing or repurposing is always better.
Easter baskets are frequently overflowing with brand-new toys, sweets, and chocolate. Instead of giving your kids a toy they’ll forget about by May, give them a gift you can enjoy together and avoid promoting a culture of resource-over-depleting consumerism in the process. Try visiting a park to watch the seasons change, going to the zoo to see if there are newborn animals around, or taking a culinary class.
Instead of store-bought plastic grass, use eco-friendly substitutes for Easter basket fillers, such as crafting your own from paper or collecting natural items like flowers, grass, leaves, branches, yarn, or twigs. Otherwise, if thrown out after Easter, plastic grass particles, which are non-biodegradable, are likely to get stranded in the environment, where they harm wildlife. Not to mention the enormous environmental impact of plastic itself, which is a material that’s made out of fossil fuel.
Especially if you don’t have storage space and therefore buy new eggs every year, using plastic eggs is very wasteful for the same reason as given above. Instead, try using wooden eggs, compostable Easter eggs, biodegradable goody bags, or wool felted eggs. If you keep using your old plastic eggs, protect them from direct sunlight and weather, so they won’t lose their good looks and you can use them year after year.
A lot of commercial dyes contain chemicals that can contaminate our freshwater and leak into natural waterways. Especially if dyed products are stored outdoors in the sun and rain, these can be a real problem. Try using natural colors made from kitchen staples like fruits, vegetables, and spices: Boil 1 quart of water with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and simmer the mixture for 30 minutes to use natural ingredients. After that, let the dye cool, filter it, and soak your eggs for at least 30 minutes. Try red onion for a jade green, red cabbage in water for a vivid blue, grape juice for a wonderful lavender, and paprika for a pink-red.
Most likely, you won’t be able to consume all the eggs you dye (everyone grows weary of eating hard-boiled eggs eventually). Try some dishes that use eggs in novel ways rather than tossing them aside. To prevent egg waste, ask the internet about new recipes, and maybe you’ll even find a new favorite dish in the process.