Easter is just around the corner, and while it's a time to celebrate with family and friends, it can also be a time of excess and waste. The good news is, there are plenty of ways to celebrate sustainably without sacrificing the fun. Here are some eco-friendly Easter habits to adopt this year.
One of the most eco-friendly things you can do this Easter is to support local businesses. Instead of buying Easter eggs and other treats from big-box stores, try visiting your local farmer's market or specialty stores. This not only reduces the carbon footprint of transporting goods, but also helps support small businesses in your community.
Decorate Your Easter Table in the Eco-Friendly Way
When it comes to Easter decorations, avoid buying disposable decorations that end up in landfills. Instead, opt for eco-friendly alternatives like reusable tablecloths, natural floral arrangements, and recycled paper or cardboard decorations. Get creative and try making your own decorations using materials you already have at home.
Don’t Use Disposable Utensils and Napkins
When hosting an Easter dinner, it's easy to fall into the trap of using disposable utensils and napkins. However, these items contribute to the global waste problem and are often made from materials that are not recyclable. Instead, opt for reusable tableware, cloth napkins, and reusable metal straws. Not only is this more eco-friendly, but it also adds a touch of elegance to your table setting.
Try not to waste food
Easter is a time for feasting, but that doesn't mean you have to be wasteful. Try to plan your meals carefully and avoid overbuying food. Use up leftovers in creative ways or freeze them for later. Additionally, try to buy organic, local, and in-season foods to reduce the carbon footprint of your meals.
Don't Buy Living Animals
While it may be tempting to buy a cute bunny or chick for Easter, it's important to remember that these animals require long-term care and attention. Many of these animals end up being abandoned after the holiday. Instead, opt for stuffed animals or chocolate treats.
Paint Your Eggs Naturally
Painting eggs is a classic Easter activity, but traditional dyes can be harmful to the environment. Instead, try using natural dyes made from fruits, vegetables, and spices. You can create beautiful and unique colors using ingredients like beets, turmeric, and blueberries, find the instructions in our last social media post!
Avoid using Toxic Cleaning Ingredients for That Post-Easter Clean Up
Cleaning up after Easter festivities can be a daunting task, but it's important to do it in an eco-friendly way. Avoid using toxic cleaning products that can harm the environment and opt for natural alternatives like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. Not only are these products better for the planet, but they're also safer for your family and pets.
Easter is the perfect time to celebrate with loved ones, but we can make it even more meaningful by being mindful of our impact on the planet. By making eco-friendly choices, we can enjoy the festivities guilt-free and take a step towards a greener future.
This Easter let's try to make more sustainable choices!