Peter Cottontail may have had the best intentions, but a traditional Easter isn't exactly an environmentally friendly holiday. Think of all of that plastic Easter grass for the baskets and the baskets themselves. On top of that, Easter egg hunts generally require plastic egg-shaped containers that often end up in the garbage after the festivities are over. But that doesn’t mean you have to nix the celebration altogether!
This year, try some eco-friendly alternatives that are so subtle, your kids probably won't even notice. Here are a few ways you can have yourself an eco-friendly Easter.
- Reuse your child's basket. While your children might get excited about picking out their Easter basket each year, that doesn't mean you can't spin reusing the same basket in a way that'll get them just as pumped. Make their basket a tradition! My family used to coax me by saying, "The Easter Bunny won't know it's you unless you use the same basket!" It worked like a charm. Not only did I listen, I now look back at that same basket with feelings of nostalgia and appreciation instead of viewing it as a disposable object.
- Make your own Easter grass. From newspaper to junk mail, everyone has some paper lying around the house that will probably end up in the garbage or (hopefully) the recycling bin. Instead of disposing of it immediately, shred it to make Easter grass! Your children won't even notice the difference. They won't be focused on the grass; they care about the prizes in their basket! After Easter is over, you can recycle the paper remnants, knowing that you have made the most out of those trees.
- Don't boil and dye eggs unless you're going to eat them. Dying Easter eggs is a fun treat that I still look forward to as a grown woman. However, nowadays, I realize that most of the eggs that get hardboiled and decorated end up spoiling before I can eat them. Find or make some eco-friendly dyes and have a plan for those eggs before they hit the water. Rainbow-colored deviled eggs, anyone?
- Use eco-friendly eggs for hunting. You don't have to put a halt to the Easter egg hunt just because it involves a lot of plastic. You can find environmentally responsible plastic Easter eggs. Companies such as Eco Eggs® make traditional plastic Easter eggs from plants. Want to totally forgo plastic this year? There are also ways you can make DIY eggs for hunting. A good go-to is to cut and reassemble egg cartons to make upcycled Easter eggs for hunting.
- Give the gift of experience. Instead of buying your child a stuffed bunny or chirping chick, give them the gift of experience! Buy tickets to the aquarium or zoo, or you could even just plan a fun day at the park. Chances are, a stuffed animal will end up donated or in a landfill by the time your child outgrows Easter. On the flipside, they are far less likely to forget about the time they saw a shark or played on the playground all day with their family for their Easter present.