Environmental Tip of the Week: Go Natural and Waste-Free for Easter

Popular holidays have become so commercialized and mass-produced, that they are hardly eco-friendly.  Easter is a holiday that brings more than its share of wasteful, disposable plastic crap to stores months before it even happens.  Clogging the shelves with artificial, brightly-colored plastic grass, baskets, and eggs, your local supermarket or pharmacy can look even more like a plastic nightmare than it usually does.

So why not get out of those chaotic pastel and neon store aisles and get home to relax and create your own, greener holiday.  A few simple changes can make your springtime holidays much less wasteful and much more enjoyable for the whole family. 

1)      Grab a wooden or other sturdy basket made from sustainable materials that can be used for years to come, instead of a plastic one that it’ll be in the trash by the time Easter Monday rolls around.  Fill them with actual grass or straw (not the plastic stuff) and toys or clothing that children can use for years, rather than something they will throw away after the excitement and the sugar high subside.

2)      Try making your own, simple egg dyes with natural ingredients such as purple grape juice (for lavender), carrot tops and orange peels (for yellow), and beets or cranberries (for pink).  To mix your own easy dyes, follow this guide.

3)      Use wax crayons to draw designs on top of dyed eggs, or try making these creative silhouette eggs for a nice craft activity for kids.