Apr 04.8

10 Ideas for an Ethical Easter

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Next to Halloween, Easter is one of the most candy-fuelled holidays. North Americans will buy a whole lot of chocolate, baskets, bunnies and eggs this season, but this year, go green. We’ve got 10 ideas to help keep your Easter eco-friendly and still get every bunny excited for the holiday. Heck, you might even save a few dollars, too.

1. Choose chocolate wisely 
Fair trade or organic chocolate should always be at the top of your list. There are chocolate bunnies, truffles and other sweet treats that will help you satisfy your sweet tooth and support fair trade practices that promote environmental sustainability and human rights around the world.

2. Use eco-friendly Easter baskets 
For your Easter egg hunt, your little egg-splorers will need something to hold all that loot. Instead of buying a new basket, use a wooden basket, book bag, bicycle helmet or Knot-Wrap. Anything you already have on hand or can use later is much easier on the environment.

Psychedelic Knot Wrap

3. Say no to fake grass 
Instead of filling your baskets with traditional plastic Easter grass (which isn’t very eco-friendly because it can’t be recycled and isn’t biodegradable), fill them with colorful, recyclable shredded paper or Easter-themed flyers, popcorn or Knot-Wraps to keep those goodies safe!

4. Make an egg-ception
If you plan to use real eggs for your Easter egg hunt, choose Certified Organic, Certified Humane, Free Range, and Cage-Free eggs. We’ve also got a range of cruelty-free eggs for the bath that will make all your egg-splorers squeal with glee like Immaculate Eggception, Fluffy Egg and Golden Egg. They’re vibrant, colorful and don’t have any packaging to toss into the trash.Cruelty-free Easter

5. Adopt a Bunny Bubble Bar…or six
At Easter, lots of bunnies are adopted as pets, but a real bunny requires a serious, long-term commitment for the whole family. Instead, give the kids a Bunny Bubble Bar and this candy-sweet companion will still make them smile with delight. Crumble him under warm running water to create a mountain of soft bubbles, and pick up a Bunch of Carrots, too. Bunnies need to eat after all.

6. Make your own egg dyes
If you’re going to dye eggs for an Easter hunt, plant-based dyes are the safest and greenest way to do it. Check out Better Homes and Gardens all-natural Easter egg dye recipes. Made from fruits, vegetables and other safe household ingredients, these are a fun and healthy way to give your eggs a whole lotta color.Natural Easter Egg Dye

7. Go sugar (and packaging) free 
Don’t want the kids all hopped up on sugar? Give them a treat that doesn’t contain loads of sugar or packaging. Art supplies, books, games and other reusable gifts are a great alternative to sugary treats, and usually don’t contain unnecessary packaging that just ends up in the trash.

8. Plant a new tradition
In North America, Easter bunnies and egg hunts might be the norm, but in other parts of the world customs differ. In Finland, for example, it’s common to plant rye grass to symbolize spring and new life. Start a new tradition to celebrate Easter’s ode to rebirth and renewal by planting flowers, trees or grass. It’s a great way to connect with nature and is a ritual you can revive every year.Garden

9. Reuse, reuse, reuse 
If you’ve got it, reuse it. Every year treats, toys and other Easter gifts create unnecessary waste. If you’ve got old plastic baskets, plastic eggs and decorations, reuse them. It’ll help save you money and the environment.

10. Make it local 
For your Easter feast, challenge yourself to create a delicious meal for the whole family using only locally sourced foods. Visit nearby farms or a farmer’s market to find plenty of seasonal foods and inspiration.Farmers Market

These are just a few ideas that we have. What other ways do you have to keep Easter green? Share them with us in the comments!

Tasha Dennis

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