A Green Easter: Eco-Friendly Tips for Easter

Europe District hosts Easter Egg Hunt for USACE employees, families by USACE Europe District (CC BY 2.0)

The sun is shining. The birds are singing. It’s almost Easter time! This year, the Easter bunny has decided to change colors and go from white to green. That’s right, this year is the time to have a green Easter! So how are you making your green Easter celebration eco-friendly? Here’s how I’m moving and hopping towards a green Easter:

Green Easter Baskets and Gifts

Let’s start first with the Easter basket: who said it has to be a basket? Reusable bags would work great! But if you love the idea of a green Easter basket, make it special by having your child create or decorate their own basket that can be reused every year.

When filling your green Easter basket, avoid using that plastic green Easter grass to fill your basket. Use some shredded newspaper or recycled paper to fill the bottom of the basket. Or you can even use some real grass sheets (as long as you plant them later, of course!)

Green Easter Basket (Photo by USACE Europe District)

Easter seems to be all about candy. If you’re looking to be healthier and happier this season, avoid the giant solid chocolate Easter bunnies and give some fun green Easter gifts instead! Fill a green Easter basket with gardening supplies or seeds as a way to welcome the spring season! If you do celebrate with candy, make it a green Easter by opting for organic, locally-made, fair trade treats.

Green Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter eggs are so much fun! Make it a green Easter with some local, organic, and cage free eggs, and avoid using processed dye kits. You can make your green Easter eggs beautiful just using some rubber bands, a transparent crayon, and some natural dyes such as beets, turmeric, teas, blueberries, or coffee.

Green Easter Eggs (Photo by SMercury98)

The Easter egg hunt is always a classic favorite. This year, ditch the plastic eggs that are just going to get dumped in a landfill later. Get creative with your Easter eggs and use recycled materials to make some origami baskets to fill with goodies. If you must use plastic eggs, make sure to reuse them every year.

Green Easter Egg Hunt (Photo by karschsp)

How are you celebrating a green Easter? What are your eco-friendly tips and tricks? I’d love to hear about them in the Comments section!