Eco-Friendly Easter TipsPosted: April 20, 2014
Two different friends who don’t know each other and live miles apart, described coloring Easter Eggs with food items – one method is to peel and dye the hard boiled egg itself (not sure if my yoga teacher used that same method or not). Foods used include red cabbage, beets, yellow onions, red onions and blueberries. I’ll admit to using a commercial dye kit but organic, DHA eggs – we do both white and brown as the differences yield color differences in the finished results. My boys also use food coloring directly like paint to do more interesting and intricate designs.
More Eco-Friendly Egg ideas (including Vegan) can be found at this website link – “20 Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Ideas“.
We don’t do “plastic” Easter grass in our baskets. Sometimes, often around Christmas, gifts arrive with the prettiest, brightly colored crinkled paper strips for packing. I’ve saved this. We use wicker baskets, these have lasted over a decade now – so, while they may be initially more expensive, they are well worth the investment. I put the green paper grass in the more natural colored basket and the brighter “grasses” (yes, even bright blue, red, orange and yellow !!) in the painted baskets.
We have an Easter Egg Hunt every year and just use the cartons we store them in and don’t leave them out of doors very long. With the 2 dozen eggs, while they last, we have simple hard boiled egg, egg salad, egg sandwich, and tonight for Easter dinner – we’ll have a few deviled eggs. They won’t last long and a great way to jump-start renewed dieting attempts with summer approaching.
How about connecting with nature, for Easter, even if you aren’t religious ? Earth Day (April 22nd) is just a couple of days away, after all. One possibility is attending a non-denominational Sunrise Service at some inspiring location. One of the more unique ones I heard about this year is Crystal Mountain Resort (located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington state). Crystal Mountain and the U.S. Forest Service are partners in recreation there. They had an Easter Summit Sunrise Service today, to watch the sun rise over the snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range. The Mt. Rainier Gondola left at 5:30am to take participants to the event. I just can’t imagine snow at Easter – as it is 86 degrees F here in Missouri today, gloriously beautiful with lush green grass in the fields; and Redbud and Dogwood trees showing blooms. The resort even has a Skiing Easter Bunny (with pockets full of candy) and an Easter Egg Hunt at their Alpine Inn, just after noon for children 10 and under.
If you have the space, you might consider raising some baby chicks. But don’t get your little loved one a baby bunny. Most end up – at best – abandoned at a shelter after Easter. We have a bunny that lives in a large (5′ long x 2′ wide x 2′ h) cage in our kitchen. Bunnies are a challenging pet and must be managed. Ours is a Dutch “Havana” Chocolate Brown that we got at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia one year. Fortunately, my husband and business partner had previous experience with raising bunnies. Our bunny has to be inside due to both climate and predators, here in the “wilds” of Missouri where we are located.
So, here’s wishing you the most inspiring and environmentally friendly holiday weekend and don’t forget to do something, symbolically or actually, good for the earth next Tuesday. Learn about EarthDay 2014 Green Cities initiative. We are celebrating !!!, that Spring seems to have finally arrived, after the 10th most severe winter on record, here in our neck of the woods.
Information Resources –
20 Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Ideas – posted April 2, 2014 at EcoWatch.com – http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/02/20-eco-friendly-easter-egg-ideas/
Green Cities, EarthDay.org 2014 initiative – http://www.earthday.org/greencities/about/
Blog author ~ Deborah Hart Yemm is co-founder of
Yemm & Hart, a green materials producer