Americans will spend more than $18 billion on Easter, this is a 6% increase from last year.
To support your efforts to be more sustainable, here are a few ideas on how you can reduce and reuse things and still make this Easter special.
According to a National Retail Federation survey, almost 90% of parents will have Easter baskets for their children on the holiday.
Here are some creative alternatives to buying a new Easter basket every year.
Think “Ouside the Basket” by putting your keikiʻs treats in rubber rain boots, umbrellas, a beach bucket or toy truck. This allows you to present their Easter goodies in a unique way, while giving them something they can use after the holiday is done.
You and your children can make an edible basket using a moldable cereal treat recipe.
Old baskets can be given new life by redecorating them with paint, beads, yarn, ribbon or other crafting supplies lying around the house.
If you crochet you can make a basket out of plarn, yarn made from plastic bags. Plarn can be made by intertwining loops of plastic bags or making one long continuous piece of plarn. Once your plan is made you can select a pattern and start your project.
In lieu of filling your baskets with “Easter Grass,” which is dangerous for pets, difficult to clean up, non-recyclable and overall a waste of resources, use more eco-friendly materials like moss, shredded paper, tissue paper or stips of fabric. Add a local spin to your basket by filling it with strips of ti leaves, Peleʻs hair, plumeria in various colors or strips of old Aloha attire.
Before you buy commercial dye this year, check around the house to see if you have supplies in your kitchen to DIY natural dye. All natural dyes can be made using various fruits, vegetables, vinegar and alum powder. Making DIY dye will not only make your eggs decorative, but it will provide you and your family with a memory making moment.
Excellent Egg Alternatives
If boiling, dyeing and eating more than your fair share of eggs is not one of your favorite traditions, there are a variety of egg alternatives that are eco-friendly and just as creative. Here are three ideas for you to consider:
- Embroidery floss eggs are made using embroidery floss (or yarn), a balloon and glue. While they are fragile, they are also exquisite and beautiful.
- You can also craft Easter eggs out of felt or even old aloha attire that is worn out. During the Holiday Season you can hang them on your Christmas tree as a way to remember the family fun you had tht year.
- Another creative idea is painting/decorating rocks. Painted rocks can be used to decorate the garden, slow down soil erosion, or be used as paper weights in the office. In addition to being easy, affordable and reuseable, this craft activity can be replicated year round for other holidays (i.e., 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas, Haunakah, etc.)
Repurposing Plastic Easter Eggs
Americans spend an average of $150 or more on Easter, and some of that money is put towards the purchase of plastic eggs.
One of the best things you can do to save money is reusing your eggs year after year.
However, this is not the only way to reuse plastic eggs.
Eggs can be repurposed into mini planters, musical instrument, molds and even decor for other holidays.
Hard Boiled Eggs
More than 2 billion eggs are purchased every year for Easter.
In an earlier blog we shared that residents wasted more than 250 thousand pounds of food, approximately 26% of the available food supply, in 2010. This equated to approximately 360 pounds of food per person.
One of the biggest challenges every Easter may be “what do we do with all these hard boiled eggs.”
Hard boiled eggs can be used for more than just egg salad sandwiches. Here are just 22 ways you can turn your Easter eggs into delectable delights.
When you peal your eggs, donʻt throw away the shells. Egg shells can be use in your garden as fertilizer, worm food, pot drainage, seedling starters, and “funny faces.” Shells can even be used to make candles, mosaics and sidewalk chalk.
Repurposing Easter Baskets
When Easter is done, think about creative ways you can reuse baskets year round.
Buckets can be taken to the beach or lined with a plastic bag to create a trash bin. “Wicker” baskets can be used for storage or decor around the house. Reuse Easter baskets as party decorations, to hold food, utensils, favors or collect cards at the reception table. If you are nurturing your green thumb, baskets can be repurposed into planters as well.
There is a multitude of ideas on how you can make your Easter celebration more sustainable. For more helpful hints and tips check out these articles:
- 10 Eggs-cellent Ways to Make Your Easter Sustainable
- 13 Tips for a More Sustainable Easter Celebration
- How to Go Green This Easter
The wonderful thing about these green Easter ideas is that many of them can be used throughout the year, no matter what holiday or event you are celebrating!