As you’re finalizing Easter plans for the weekend, think of how you can be more green and waste less. Sometimes, thinking about how to keep your holiday celebrations environmentally friendly is just an afterthought. That’s why we are here to give you some easy tips to “go green” this Easter.

Tips for a Greener Easter Holiday

Appreciate nature. Plant a tree or a flower and spruce up your garden. Give beautiful plants as gifts instead of Easter baskets. If nothing else, go outside and spend a little time with Mother Nature. Enjoy the environment around you with some family and friends.

Buy organic eggs. They might cost a little extra, but they are well worth the money! You’ll be able to taste the difference with a fresher egg, and the animals they came from were likely treated much better. It’s a win-win!

Use natural dyes. Instead of using toxic dyes to color your Easter eggs this holiday season, consider natural options. Some great vibrant choices include purple cabbage and red or yellow onion skins.

Buy less. Easter shouldn’t be turned into a materialistic consumer holiday. Gift giving is common, but do you really need to buy new bikes, video games, clothes, electronics, and copious amounts of sweets to celebrate? Stick with something smaller and more thoughtful to cut down on unnecessary waste and save money.

Eat in-season and locally sourced. Check out local farmer’s markets or other stores that source their food locally. Buy foods that are in season; they take fewer resources to produce and get to your table, and they’ll save you money!

Don’t waste food. Be realistic and only buy the amount of food you need to feed your group of family or friends. If you have leftovers, make sure to properly store them to eat later. You can follow our other helpful tips for reducing your waste at holiday parties to really make an impact.

Use recycled paper. If your kids are crafty and want to make Easter cards, make sure they’re using paper that was made from recycled materials. Also make sure to recycle any cards you might receive instead of throwing them out.

Tips for Greener Easter Holiday

Tips for a Greener Easter Basket

Eliminate the plastic. Use real grass or make your own if the real stuff is a little browner at this time of year. Use paper grass instead of plastic grass. The paper stuff can be but in compost or recycled. Make your own by shredding recycled paper, old newspaper, or anything similar. Then pack it up to be reused.

Buy local gifts. Support businesses in your area and boost the economy around you. You’ll find a lot of fun little Easter toys stamped with “Made in China.” It is much more sustainable to purchase products that are made in the United States and don’t need to be shipped in from overseas.

Reuse last year’s Easter basket. And Easter eggs. And any other Easter decorations you may have collected over the years. Sure, there are always cute new baskets on display in just about every store around this time. But if you box up and save your supplies, you’ll reduce the amount of waste that will get sent to the landfill, and be saving yourself a great deal of money!

Buy organic, fair-trade chocolates. Consider supporting local businesses and visit a chocolatier near your town. You’ll be boosting your city’s economy and you’ll know exactly where your Easter treats are coming from.  Alternatively, look for chocolates that are stamped to be fair trade and organic.

Avoid small individually wrapped candies. Think of all that extra waste produced by the little convenient “bite size” pieces that are individually wrapped. While most candy will have some kind of packaging, you can opt instead for the ones that come in a single box or bag. Or try buying pieces in bulk that might not be sold in individual packages at all.

Give stuffed toys instead of live animals. Sometimes, animals’ fur is dyed and then they are sold as gifts, such as chicks and rabbits. These animals are often neglected or surrendered to shelters after the novelty of the holiday wears off. Remember that animals are a serious commitment, as rabbits can live 7-10 years. Instead, choose to gift a stuffed version of your furry friend.

Tips for Greener Easter Basket