The Easter Bunny will soon be hopping our way! Enjoy these tips for a holiday celebration that is as sustainable as it is eggciting!
- Use locally produced foods for your holiday meal.
- Did you know that the White House traditionally uses wooden eggs instead of plastic eggs for the annual Easter Egg Roll? Use wooden eggs instead of plastic eggs for your celebration, too. If you must use plastic eggs, choose recyclable eggs or biodegradable eggs made from corn plastic. Recycle your eggs when your celebration is complete or store them and reuse them for next Easter. Or, look for unique ways to reuse your eggs. Use them to store small items such as craft beads, buttons or loose change … use them as learning tools to teach numbers, colors and motor skills … decorate them with the names of herbs and plants and use them to adorn your garden and mark your seedlings. There are many possibilities!
- Choose natural grass such as raffia or shredded paper that can be recycled instead of plastic grass for your Easter baskets.
- Use baskets made of natural fibers such as wood, wicker or seagrass instead of plastic baskets, and reuse baskets every year.
- To reduce plastic and paper waste, fill baskets with homemade treats instead of wrapped candies and practical alternatives to plastic favors such as seed packets, books, soy based crayons, school supplies and wooden puzzles.
- Use natural dyes to color Easter eggs. Spices, fruit and vegetable skins, fruit juices and vegetable juices can create beautiful eggs. Try beets, red cabbages, red onions, yellow apples, blueberries, pomegranates, cranberries, red grapes, paprika, chili powder and turmeric. For spices, mix one cup of water and 2 tablespoons of spice with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. For fruit and vegetable skins, mix one cup of water and the skins of 6 fruits or vegetables with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. For fruit and vegetable juices, mix one cup of juice with 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Soak the eggs in the solution for 30 minutes to 24 hours, depending on the depth of the color you want to achieve. Once the eggs are dyed, place them on a rack to dry.
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