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green easter | The Green Beagle

Eco-Easter

Eco-Easter

Eco-Easter

I loved Easter as a child less for the candy and more for the money wrapped eggs my parents would hide around the house for me.  I milked that until I was probably 20, and I am clearly not ashamed to admit it. Easter tends to be full of bad habits most of which are purchasing wasteful items, over indulging and teaching kids rabbits will leave you ginormous baskets full of a billion calories while hiding colored eggs that most people wind up throwing out or forgetting where they hid them in the first place. I am still confused as to where the Easter Bunny and Jesus met and decided this was how to handle the holiday but neither are around to ask so I guess we just have to deal with it. Being the responsible greenie I am and knowing you are as well here are some obvious ways to make your Easter go Eco!

1. Make your own baskets out of newspaper ,magazines or old fabric you have laying around. Make your children work for that candy! You can decorate them and use them for multiple years or donate them when you are finished. Best case if your basket is made out of newspaper or magazines recycle it!

2. You can also make your own eggs. Paper mache is always fun or I see alot of people purchasing wooden eggs
to color as well. I am a fan of the do-it-yourself options so find materials around the house that will be able to be recycled when you are finished. The best part is if all of the eggs don’t get found you won’t have a stinky mess on your hands. I have read you can knit your own eggs from bits of random yarn and wool you have lying around the house which I really think is a great idea and a skill everyone should possess.

3. Don’t purchase your children candy make it! If you make your own Easter treats you have a say to what and how much goes into the treats. Most of the Easter candy you see is gross and normally you wouldn’t let your children eat it so why let them on Easter. It can be sending a confusing message. My parents (probably because I was a chubby kid) would fill my basket with other things besides food that would last longer and I would appreciate more like outside games or Bath and Beauty stuff. Petit Appetit: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Easy, Organic Snacks, Beverages, and Party Foods for Kids of All Ages

4. Have a family or friend get together full of activities and good food. I have a huge family and although they still purchase tons of eggs they make a family event out Easter. We hide plastic eggs (that can be recycled or if you have made your own) filled with small amounts of chocolate around for the children to find. We have the children decorate things like cookies (which you can make organic and healthy and use things like fruits and veggies to decorate with) to keep everyone occupied. You leave only with that you make and left overs from the afternoons feast. This way there are no messy baskets full of plastic grass, no overdose on sweets and everyone gets their exercise and creativity flowing instead of sitting around pigging out. My family event could definitely be greened up but it is a little better.
5. If you must have real eggs use fruit, veggie and flower dyes to dye your eggs. You can learn alot and save money because the items you don’t use you can eat. Also plan the meals you will make with the eggs afterwards and only purchase enough eggs to fulfill those needs. You can make tie-died deviled eggs, egg salad, rainbow cobb salad or just eat the hard boiled eggs whole. If you poke a pin hole in the bottom of the eggs the dye can get in and color the actual egg. If you use the store bought kind you might not want to do this but since these eggs should be green the fruit, flower and veggie dyes are ok to eat. Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit

6. If you have old baskets you are determined to use baskets be conscious of what you put in them. Don’t buy plastic grass they make paper grass or if you have fun shaped hole punches and a paper shredder make your own grass which is way more fun. You can even decorate the grass anyway you want. Color it or put nail polish on it and make it your own. Why waste money when you have everything you need at home. Easter Grass Kit is super fun and a great new way to get easter grass.

7. Easter Meals, make the food look fun. Children get picky over things that look weird. Most of the time taste has nothing to do with it. If something looks or feels gross they won’t go near it. If you teach children early who fun being healthy can be they will grow up with this in mind and take it with them. If you use a little creativity it can go a long way and they might not even miss the candy.
The Artichoke Trail: A Guide to Vegetarian Restaurants, Organic Food Stores & Farmers’ Markets in the Us (Hunter Travel Guides) or Feeding the Whole Family: Whole Foods Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents

design green.live green GreenAmerica.org

Re-furr-b’d Bunnies

Re-furr-b'd Bunnies

Re-furr-b'd Bunnies

Supplies:

Spoon or funnel
Dried lentils
Sock (even old ones with holes in them you can patch them up later)
Rubber band
Ribbons
Scissors
Felt or fabric from around the house
Pom-poms or cotton balls
Eco Glue

Instructions:

1. Use a spoon or a funnel to add dried lentils to a sock, filling it up just past the heel.

2. Close the sock with a tightly looped rubber band.

3. For the head and neck, tie a ribbon around the sock just below the heel.

4. Add more lentils but don’t completely fill them. Then tie off the head with enough left at the top for ears.

5. Cut the sock’s cuff into two ears, rounding the edges to give them a bunny ear shape.

6. Cut a nose, teeth, and eyes from fabric or other items you have from around the house.

7. Attach the facial features and pom-pom or cotton ball tail with glue.

* Don’t for get to make these bunnies your own! Add hats or jewelry or anything you have that can decorate these bunnies! You can color them with markers or give them patches with old fabric. Make them clothes anything you want! Be creative. They can make excellent toys or projects for parties! Use your imagination!

Quick Tips to Make Your Easter Greener!

Easter, if you celebrate it, can be much greener with the help of a few small changes you can still have fun and be responsible at the same time! You can make your Easter happier, healthier, & more active

1. Reuse or purchase recyclable Easter Baskets:

This year, instead of buying a new basket, reuse a basket from a previous year if you have. If you purchase a new basket try to get one that can be recycled either for another holiday or even next years Easter. With a glue gun, stickers and a few other items you can make the basket look new every year. Better yet, make an activity with the children to decorate their basket’s every year. Being green can become a fun holiday tradition! Badger Basket Honey Square Nursery Basket with White Waffle Liner 0093H

Ecoist has released new colorways in the Recycled Newspaper line.

2. Choose Alternatives to Plastic Easter Grass & Eggs:

We all know that plastic comes from petroleum which isn’t good. Besides being messy, its usless for anything other than lining a basket after Easter. Instead, use shredded newspapers or magazines. Also in many stores they sell alternatives to plastic grass made out of cardboard & paper, even cloth liners can be changed and washed over and over. When Easter is over you can recycle these kind of liners, use it for other baskets for gifts. You can even put it into your compost bin. Be creative with the liner maybe use a scarf or t-shirt etc. as part of the gift. Lady Bug Flower Basket Liner
Green T, organic cotton & Fair Trade T-shirts.

Clearly Fun Soap Bath Confetti with Rubber Duck Friend/Blue Ears

3. Make Better Choices for Chocolates and Treats:

You don’t have to give children candy for Easter. You can choose other presents or activities that your children will enjoy just as much as candy. However if you must choose candy, find brands that have the least amount of packaging, organic, locally produced or are Fair Trade. A fun Easter activity would be to make your own candy/snacks such as organic fudge, Easter shaped candies, cookies, cakes, lollipops or chocolates. You can make very creative snacks out of fruits and veggies as well. Any simple online search will give you hundreds of ideas. Teaching your children healthy holiday habits could be very beneficial for their future.
Buy Gourmet Organic Chocolates at Organic Bouquet

Earth’s Best Organic Snackin’ Fruit Hearts Blueberry, 1.4 Ounce Cup (Pack of 12)

4. Use Natural Dyes Instead of Chemical Dyes for Easter Eggs:

Egg Dying kits use alot of packaging and create alot of waste. This year, use organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices that are around your home to dye your Easter Eggs. Not only will the dying process smell much nicer than the usual vineager you add to many dye mixes you can teach your children about good natural properties/uses spices,fruits and vegetables have in your daily lives other than for eating. You can experiment with different house hold fresh foods to see what works best and what doesn’t.
ChildTrek- Toys Camden Rose Brown Egg Set

ChildTrek- Toys, Crayon Rocks