Plastic Free Easter!
As we are all doing our best to avoid purchasing products packaged with single-use plastics, we wanted to share some tips with you on how to celebrate Easter while keeping the planet in mind.
How To Make An Easter Basket:
No need to go out and purchase baskets for a one time use, instead go on a scavenger hunt! Walk around your house to see what you can use instead of a basket.
For example, we have a wire basket that holds our kitchen towels. I’m going to store those towels somewhere else for the day, and use it as an Easter basket!
Second option, go to your local thrift shop, and find a basket that will work as an Easter basket, then when the holiday is over, you can use it as a decorative basket to hold one of your plant babies. I got this basket at Goodwill for $1. It’s going to be perfect!
If any of you know me, you know I love anything that sparkles. Which brings me to that plastic Easter basket filler-grass-stuff. If you feel the need to put something like that in your basket, please purchase 100% recycled shredded “grass” paper. If we stop buying that plastic grass, they’ll stop making it.
Bonus Points: Roll up scarfs or cloth napkins for basket filler.
What To Put In The Easter Basket
Candy. Duh, right? You can look for candy that is wrapped in paper instead of plastic, or you can buy in bulk and fill mason jars with your kiddos (or adults!) favorite candy.
Goodies. Instead of your normal items, let’s think outside of the box this year!
Wildflower seed packets. You can plant them now, and enjoy them all Summer long!
Reusable water bottle
How to Beautify Natural Brown Eggs:
There’s something magical about turning an egg into a piece of art. No matter how many times you dipped your egg in dye, it looked cool. And everyone would ooooohh and aaaaahh after each dip. Maybe that was the parents way of hurrying us up. Either way, I love Easter egg dying!
Since we buy organic brown eggs from a local farmer, I’ve been wondering how am I going to dye them? If you’re wondering the same thing, have no fear, we got you! All you need are non-toxic paint pens! (How come I never thought of that before?) Head down to your local craft shop and grab yourself a pack. Make sure to look for non-toxic, water based paint pens. The finer the tip, the more detail you’ll be able to show. How fun is this going to be?!
Step One: Hard boil your eggs. I’m going to share my favorite method with you, from The Best Recipe Cookbook.
(You may double this recipe as long as you use a pot large enough to hold the eggs in a single layer, covered by an inch of water.)
6 large eggs
Place eggs in a medium saucepan, cover with 1 inch of water, and bring to boil over high heat. Remove pan from heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, fill a medium bowl with 1 quart water and 1 tray of ice cubes (or equivalent). Transfer eggs to an ice bath with a slotted spoon; let sit for 5 minutes.
Step Two: Allow your eggs to cool completely before coloring.
Step Three: Start coloring! Make sure the egg dries before you store it.
We hope these ideas will help you to plan a greener Easter. If you have any tips you’d like to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!