Easter’s just a few days away! Growing up, Easter was always a grand celebration to look forward to. As a kid back then, family, food, music and egg hunts made Easter very special.
Watching my own kids enjoy Easter just the way I did back then brings me so much joy. As mentioned in my earlier post, we are becoming more environmentally conscious and we are therefore tweaking a few things to ensure we continue enjoying what we love this season but in an eco-friendly way.
Here are 5 helpful tips for an Eco Friendly Easter that will save you money, keep you healthy and protect the earth.
1. Eco friendly easter eggs
A lot of stores are usually packed with those plastic eggs during this season. Instead of purchasing them, you can make colorful eco friendly Easter ‘eggs’. I’m talking about real eggs here. Plastic eggs break after a period of time which renders them useless. Eggs can be colored with nontoxic dye obtained from healthy foods such as turmeric, cabbage and beet. Involving the kids in dyeing eggs in a natural manner will even make it more fun!
2. Shop local and use fresh organic ingredients for home cooking and baking
Whether you’re celebrating Easter with family members or friends, ensure you buy organic foods and fruits from local farmers. Prepare yummy dishes with organic ingredients. This act of buying local shows your support for local businesses which will in turn strengthen the economy. If you are going to have chocolate buy organic.
3. Collect gently used clothing and donate to charity.
If you are going to have guests over for Easter celebration ask them to bring clothing along. There’s a high chance that your guests will have clothes that have not been worn in years. Shirts, Pants, dresses, hats, sweaters, t-shirts would be greatly appreciated by the needy. Encourage them to bring gently used kids’ clothing too.
There are several collection zones for clothing. Churches and thrift stores would also be glad to take them.
4. Reuse old boxes and bags
Gifts do not have to be presented in baskets all the time. Those woven baskets may be cheap but…they don’t last. The amount you spend on them adds up pretty quickly without you realizing. You can make your own container from items you already have. Cloth bags, cardboard, shoe boxes are great examples. Save money and preserve the environment.
5. Basket fillers
Now that you have chosen that perfect container, it’s time to add some fillers. Shredded paper, kitchen towels or even scarves are great choices since all of these can be used again and again!
Hope you found these tips useful. Are there any more tips you would like to add? I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment. Thank you.