Each year, more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated just from Easter egg packaging and cards alone.

4 Ways to Green Your Easter

The little Easter bunny is hopping closer and closer and as with every holiday there is excess waste. With Christmas it’s the wrapping paper, at Halloween it’s the costumes … so this upcoming, follow our 4 tips on how to have an eco-friendly Easter.

Organic Chocolate: Skip the name brand bars you’re used to and stock your Easter basket with organic chocolate. Not only will you not be ingesting pesticides, chemicals, and preservatives but you’ll also be supporting countries in which chocolate grows – most organic chocolate is also fair-trade, shade-grown, and part of the Rainforest Alliance. Our favorite brands are Green & Blacks and Newman’s Own.

Eco Easter Grass: Forgot that plastic Easter grass you still find 6 months later and instead fill your basket with old shredded paper or fabric. You can even grow some grass in a tin and use that as your “living” Easter basket.

DIY Dye: Food coloring is loaded with chemicals and can cause a myriad of illness. Although you’re not eating the eggs you dye, your hands are still coming in contact with it and the dye can leach into your skin and blood stream. Instead make your own dye from natural food items. Get the recipe for Easter egg dye.

Reusable Basket: Instead of that plastic basket that’s petroleum-based, use something that’s reusable or eco-friendly like a tote bag, bucket, or jute basket … the possibilities are endless. Get creative!

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Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Image by She Knows

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This year, for its annual Egg Roll, the White House is using wooden eggs that have been crafted in the United States from Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwood.