As Easter weekend is approaching, we at A.C.F thought it would be fun to look at the ways you can make your holiday festivities a little more friendly to mother earth.
1. Using Locally Sourced Eggs.
Painting eggs is an age old family tradition. However, it’s always important to consider where your eggs are coming from. Buying free-range and pasture-raised eggs is essential to have healthy and ethical eggs. To go the extra mile for your environmental footprint, consider buying them from a local farmer’s market.
2. Finding Alternatives to Real Eggs.
Many people are making the switch from real eggs to sustainable alternatives. Not only do these of course lower the waste of the non-recyclable plastic most store-bought eggs are made of, but they can be reused year after year. The white house actually uses wood eggs in their annual egg roll, but compostable plastic alternatives are also easy to find.
3. Making Homemade Natural Egg Dyes.
Store-bought dyeing kits or even normal food-colouring are often very processed. An easy natural and less wasteful way around this is to make your own natural dyes. Various fruits, vegetables, and spices can easily be utilized to create the same rainbow of coloured eggs you’d get with the processed dyes. Find out how to make them here.
4. Avoiding Plastic Grass and Baskets for Decorations.
An easy change to make to eco-fy your Easter festivities is to avoid plastic grass and plastic easter baskets. Reusing old ones you’ve saved is of course the best option, but if you’re in the market for new ones, making them yourself is much easier than you think. The grass can easily be replaced with real grass, shredded paper, or hay. Wooden baskets can either be replaced by similar alternatives like a flower pot or an old wooden box, but wooden woven baskets are also much more affordable than you’d expect.
5. Replacing Live Chicks with Stuffed Animals.
Many are surprised to hear that it’s still widely prevalent, especially in the United States, to colour-dye live chicks for easter celebrations. Although the dye is non-toxic, the chicks don’t have much use after the holiday passes and are therefore more often than not neglected or discarded. Buying stuffed animals for your kids or even making them yourself is obviously a much more ethical route. Find out how you can make the chicks in the picture above here.
6. Preparing a Locally Sourced Easter Meal.
If an Easter meal is part of your family tradition, why not challenge yourself to make as many dishes as possible from locally sourced ingredients. Supporting local farmers and buying local is more important than ever. You can find farmer’s markets near you here.