Holiday traditions often come with a lot of waste, but with planning, it’s easy to keep the magic of the day alive without generating large amounts.
Easter is right around the corner and in addition to our guide to celebrating safely this year, we also have a guide on how to make your holiday celebrations more sustainable! Now is a great time to plan out a greener holiday, so read on to learn more about environmentally-friendly Easter tips.
- Make natural egg dye. Did you know it’s super easy to make your own plant-based egg dyes at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand? Check out our guide to natural egg dyes for more details.
- Ditch the plastic eggs. Rather than use plastic eggs for your egg hunt, opt for real dyed eggs or treats hidden in reusable or biodegradable bags. While you’re at it, replace plastic grass in Easter baskets with paper grass or reusable cloth. If you do like to use plastic eggs, keep them for reuse from year to year.
- Invest in a reusable basket. Most cheap Easter baskets break down after a few seasons, especially in the hands of active kids, so it’s worthwhile to invest in a reusable basket that your children can use year after year. You can even decorate regular baskets around the home to serve as Easter baskets each spring. Find a safe place to store it among your holiday decorations so it stays dry and protected when not in use.
- Celebrate sustainability all season. If you celebrate Easter for religious reasons and choose to give up something for Lent, consider giving up single-use plastics as this year’s commitment. Even though we’re already part of the way through Lent, it’s not too late to commit to going completely waste-free until the holiday.
- Skip the wrapped candy. There are plenty of delicious treats out there that don’t come in plastic wrapping. Bake your own holiday treats from scratch or buy candy in bulk to cut down on waste. You can even lookup recipes online to make homemade versions of your children’s favorite candies.
Holiday treats and traditions often come with a lot of waste, but with careful planning, it’s easy to keep the magic of the day alive without generating large amounts of waste. Start with these five green tips to get a jump on a more sustainable Easter celebration.