Environmental Tip of the Week: Go Natural and Waste-Free for EasterBy Ali Geering-Kline
Popular holidays have become so commercialized and mass-produced, that they are hardly eco-friendly. Easter is a holiday that brings more than its share of wasteful, disposable plastic crap to stores months before it even happens. Clogging the shelves with artificial, brightly-colored plastic grass, baskets, and eggs, your local supermarket or pharmacy can look even more like a plastic nightmare than it usually does.
So why not get out of those chaotic pastel and neon store aisles and get home to relax and create your own, greener holiday. A few simple changes can make your springtime holidays much less wasteful and much more enjoyable for the whole family.
1) Grab a wooden or other sturdy basket made from sustainable materials that can be used for years to come, instead of a plastic one that it’ll be in the trash by the time Easter Monday rolls around. Fill them with actual grass or straw (not the plastic stuff) and toys or clothing that children can use for years, rather than something they will throw away after the excitement and the sugar high subside.
2) Try making your own, simple egg dyes with natural ingredients such as purple grape juice (for lavender), carrot tops and orange peels (for yellow), and beets or cranberries (for pink). To mix your own easy dyes, follow this guide.
3) Use wax crayons to draw designs on top of dyed eggs, or try making these creative silhouette eggs for a nice craft activity for kids.Tags: easter, families, holidays, mothers, OLD: Eco-Tip, spring, waste-free
Ali manages the website and coordinates the online communications of CEH. She works with the communications and development staff to create messaging strategies and public education content for CEH’s supporters and online audience. A Bay Area native, Ali attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Studies. This allowed her to live abroad in Argentina, where she studied Latin American history and learned valuable Spanish language skills. Ali is thrilled to be part of an organization that advocates for healthy communities so effectively.