Happy Easter week! What is traditionally a fun, family-filled weekend has morphed (like many of our current holidays have) into an event that centers around plastic disposables and convenience. As easy as it is to run to the nearest supermarket and stock up on a cart full of goodies from the holiday aisle, it's possible to reduce your waste this Easter with a few really simple swaps.
Whether you're taking your kids out for an Easter egg hunt, plan to dye eggs at home, or are keeping it simple with a chocolate Easter bunny for each child, there are ways to "green up" your Easter traditions to make them even more special and much less harmful for the environment.
Most Easter Baskets on the market are meant to be used once and then discarded. They're made from plastic or cheaply made synthetics and won't hold up to the wear and tear of children's play post-Easter. Instead, use something you already have around the house or buy something new that can serve multiple purposes. A wicker basket or canvas bag (like our Lunch and Pie Totes) can make the perfect Easter basket alternatives!
Instead of buying plastic eggs to stuff with candy, consider dying your own hardboiled eggs and then cooking with them afterward!
If you want to avoid synthetic dyes for your eggs, use these recipes for all natural egg dyes from All Recipes.
Candy comes wrapped in plastic and full of not-so-great ingredients. If you're trying to minimize waste this Easter, try making your own treats or fill your kiddo's baskets with non-edible alternatives like seed starters for their own plants, art supplies, and small toys.
Don't worry, you can still have your chocolate Easter bunny (and eat it too). Most Fair Trade Certified chocolate brands offer an Easter option that will taste even better knowing that it was made under safe conditions with healthier ingredients.
Have you made any eco-friendly swaps for Easter? Tell us about them!