As the Easter Bunny gears up to hop through and deliver baskets in a few weeks, Enviro Girl’s busy giving free advice on how to make those egg hunt/basket traditions a bit more environmentally friendly.
For starters, those plastic eggs can actually turn out to be an okay thing in the greater scheme of Easter traditions. Enviro Girl inherited hers from a family member almost a decade ago. For ten years she’s filled them with treats and hid them for an Easter morning egg hunt. While those used (and reused and reused and reused) plastic eggs are still in commission, they preclude buying individually wrapped Easter treats. Instead of buying individually wrapped treats (which produces more packaging waste), Enviro Girl has purchased the following items in bulk to fill those eggs: miniature cookies, animal crackers, arcade and batting cage tokens, pretzels, M&Ms, Whoppers, Skittles and Jelly Beans.
The day after Easter, Enviro Girls’ sons collect the empty plastic eggs and set them out for the Easter Bunny to collect and recycle for next year. Someday, when her sons have outgrown the egg hunt tradition, she’ll donate those plastic eggs to someone else.
Enviro Girl’s sons have received the same Easter basket year after year, too. Like those plastic eggs, they recycle the same baskets and they’re never stuffed with plastic grass either. Nor does Enviro Girl stuff those baskets with random Easter trinkets from Oriental Trading or the Dollar Store. Nope, those baskets are filled with some sort of gift her kids will actually enjoy and use. Easter basket gifts have included sidewalk chalk, squirt guns, swim goggles, books, Legos, coupons for movie rentals, art supplies and sandbox toys. Enriro Girl would rather spend $15 on one great toy than $5 on a bunch of plastic crap her kids won’t really play with for more than a few minutes.
As for egg decorating, Enviro Girl’s family makes their own dye out of food coloring and white vinegar–cheap and easy. You can, however, make natural egg dyes and involve your kids in a wonderful science project. Check this link for some natural dye ideas.
Remember, a greener lifestyle is more about reducing your consumption. For Enviro Girl’s family, that doesn’t look like going to the store to buy decorations or going crazy to trick out a brand new basket each year. Her family’s Easter involves hunting for those recycled plastic eggs and baskets, going to church and having dinner together. The only thing decorated at Enviro Girl’s house are a few dozen eggs, which her family later eats deviled or mashed up into egg salad. There’s no law that says the holiday has to be about buying new clothes, shoes, baskets or tabletop decorations.
Tell the Eco Women: what do you reuse and recycle to make your Easter greener?