Eco-friendly Easter! – Complete Report

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Don’t Waste Eggs!

A remarkable number of people boil eggs and color them, only to throw them away.  This is wasteful and expensive.  If you’re going to have that big egg hunt, you should really think about how many eggs you need.  Don’t make more eggs than you’re likely to eat, and remember that you don’t have to eat them just as hard boiled eggs.

Egg salad, deviled eggs, tea eggs, japanese soy sauce eggs, and many other dishes can be made from those colored Easter eggs.  You’d be surprised by how versatile a regular hard boiled hen’s egg can be.  You can even blow the egg shells before painting or dyeing them, and freeze the content in ice cube trays for later baking or scrambling.

Easter Egg Hunts

Traditional Easter egg hunts used the dyed eggs themselves, but many people and organizations have moved away from this, and use plastic eggs with treats inside, instead of real ones.  A return to this practice will help you get even more fun out of your eggs.  If you don’t want to do that, there are some other alternatives to using those plastic clamshell eggs.

If the point of the game is to find the eggs, think about using non-edible ones, such as colorful felted wool eggs that can be used from year to year, or the homemade papier mache or play clay eggs mentioned above.  The kids still get the thrill of the hunt and of finding eggs, but neither you nor their bodies will have to deal with the sugar rush.

Easter Baskets

There’s more than just eggs to most Easter celebrations, too.  Easter baskets are a big part of the holiday, but the typical one is full of wasteful, mess plastic or paper “grass”, as well as mass produced candies.  Even the baskets can get wasteful and expensive if you decide to buy a new one every year instead of putting together your own.  Start out with one of last year’s basket, or even use rattan or wallpaper samples to weave a simple basket of your own.  Berry containers from the supermarket, attractive gift boxes and other things you may already have around the house also make excellent eco-friendly basket alternatives.

Use real grass or shredded paper you already have on hand to fill the basket.  Choose paper with compostable inks, and you’ll be able to toss the contents of the basket on the pile once the fun’s been had.  This is a much better choice than plastic Easter grass.  You can also fold some soft, pretty cloth in the bottom of the basket instead of grass to give the treats a place to nestle.  That’s reusable and a lot less messy than standard Easter grass.

Some also suggest using plain popcorn as a method to fill your Easter basket this year.  Air popped corn is best for this, since it starts out plain and uses very little energy to make.  Don’t salt or butter it, to avoid making a mess.  Just fill the basket with fluffy popped corn.  It makes a great snack, and any uneaten popcorn will feed the birds, squirrels and other animals or will compost nicely.

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Comments

  1. tamar says:

    You have to try yummyearth organic candy. We make organic lollipops and organic gummy bears. Check us out at http://www.yummyearth.com

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