Sarah Guerrero is a freelance writer and contributor to Slow North. She has a degree in international business from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and writes about sustainable business practices and ethical living.
Easter feels extra special this year. Maybe it’s the spring after a long pandemic winter or the hopeful promise of eggs and flowers. What does not feel very Easter-ish, however, is the plastic! I want my Easter to be happy and hopeful for the earth, too! Today, we’re sharing seven ways we can have a more eco-friendly Easter and honor the planet!
1. Buy Easter Candy in Bulk
50% of all candy produced is single-use. And never is that more true during Easter, when treats and candies are packaged in single-use, disposable plastics. One way to reduce your waste is to choose treats at a local bulk bar (my favorites are gummy bears, but you do you).
2. Use Reusable Bags or Eggs Instead of Plastic Eggs (or Skip Wrapping Altogether)
Easter egg hunts don’t have to be all about those practically disposable plastic eggs! Instead, try small reusable bags.
If you’re up for a simple craft, you can try one of these ideas for making your own felt eggs. You can also try skipping the eggs and candy altogether and simply hiding small toys or gifts. Or, hide real eggs, hardboiled and/or decorated!
3. Look for Toys That Last
Toys are a great swap for candy. We love wooden toys made from eco-friendly materials. Not only are they better for the environment, but they tend to last longer than disposable plastic ones, and they tend to engage kids’ imaginations so much better!
Huckleberry makes the best small toys for kids (and kids at heart), and these crayon rocks are so fun! Here’s a sweet bunny and a carrot rattle or your littlest one, and this puzzle is great for little fingers.
4. Trade Recyclable Paper for Green Grass
Instead of lining Easter baskets with garishly-colored plastic “grass,” try using real grass, twigs, or leaves. You can also use paper from your recycling bin, torn into strips, or use recyclable gift filler.
5. Try Second-Hand
A great way to minimize waste is by going second-hand! You can grab Easter baskets or even Easter gifts or small toys from second-hand stores, or try your local neighborhood buy/sell/trade or zero waste groups.
6. Dye Your Own Eggs
There are so many fun and really beautiful ways to decorate eggs, but dying them naturally is also super simple! Here’s a great recipe for using simple ingredients you probably already have on hand (coffee, red wine, onions).
7. Focus on Traditions, Not Gifts
Advertising peaks around holidays, and it’s easy to get caught up in the materialism of it all. Here’s your permission to focus more on traditions and experiences rather than physical gifts. How can you spend time with the people you love?
How are you celebrating Easter sustainably? Let us know in the comments!