Going Green for Easter

by Liz Doblovosky

Springtime is fast approaching and soon the dull, brown colors of winter will be replaced with the rebirth of flowers and greenery for spring. As the beauty of the outdoors goes green, it seems only fitting that we follow suit. Whether spending time with family or taking a walk on a nice Spring day, there are many ways to enjoy Eastertime with minimal impact on the environment.

Here are a few great suggestions on how to go green this Easter:

Make your own chocolates, candy and treats. While many Easter candies come in brightly colored bags to catch the eye, most are individually wrapped and contain just as much waste as they do candy. A fun alternative to store-bought Easter candies is to make your own, home-made Easter treats. Egg or bunny-shaped chocolates or cookies can be a great way to reduce your environmental impact while also creating an opportunity to get creative with your kids.

Avoid plastic Easter grass. When putting together Easter baskets for your kids or just for decoration, plastic Easter grass markets itself as the perfect colorful addition to any Easter display. Let’s face it: plastic Easter grass is messy, wasteful, and will continue to be found in odd places around your house until the 4th of July. As much as it provides colorful filler for any Easter basket, there a few, if any, uses for Easter grass after the holiday. If you’re looking for a less wasteful alternative, try lining baskets with paper from your shredder and covering with a colorful cloth. Once Easter is over, compost the paper grass.

Make natural dyes for Easter eggs. One of my favorite parts of Easter time when I was a little girl was dying Easter eggs! I always tried to think of the most creative designs and colors to add to my Easter basket. There are many ways to be creative with your Easter egg dying without chemicals and additives. Not only will you be able to create a variety of colors to make your eggs stand out, you will avoid pesky Easter egg dying kits with more packaging than dye. Many of the ingredients for the colors shown here are natural foods and spices that you probably already have on hand.

Celebrate seasonal spring produce. Incorporating seasonal produce into your Easter meal is a great way to make a fresh and delicious dinner without breaking the bank. Check out the NRDC’s local foods database to find out what is in season in your state right now and visit Local Harvest to find farmers markets near you.

Even if you don’t celebrate the Easter holiday, spring is a great time to take after nature and incorporate some ‘green’ to your lifestyle. Get outdoors and focus your spring energy into starting a garden, cleaning up your home or neighborhood, using more natural ingredients, eating more local produce, and enjoying nature.