Easter and eco-friendly are two words that very often don’t go hand in hand. Plastic eggs, plastic grass, candy with artificial flavors and colors….not so great for the environment or your body. We have dyed our eggs naturally for years and the bunny has been kind leaving organic candy for the kids as well as books, games, and fun items but this year I really wanted to look into more environmentally friendly Easter ideas. I have to tell you that it didn’t take me long to realize that there are a ton of ways to ‘green’ your Easter.
Natural Easter Egg Dyes:
Let’s first start with dying your eggs. The most common way of dying eggs is with food coloring. There are many reasons that I try to avoid artificial food dyes a few are:
- The Center for Science in the Public Interest has urged the FDA to ban artificial food dyes, reporting that they can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, and even cancer.
- Red 40 (the most common dye) may accelerate tumors in mice, and Yellow 6 caused adrenal tumors in animals.
- There is a link between food coloring and childhood hyperactivity
Those are just a few reasons that it is a good idea to avoid artificial food coloring. For me I began to eliminate artificial food dyes when I realize how sensitive my daughter is to them. Ava tells me that she can feel it when she eats artificial colors, she gets cranky and out of sorts. This is one of the reasons we first chose to dye our Easter eggs naturally.
It is easy and fun to dye Easter eggs naturally.
I usually use the above basic approach but there are many ways you can create beautiful (even fancy) naturally dyed Easter eggs. Big Sis Lil Sis dyed these amazingly beautiful eggs naturally.
There are many natural Easter egg dyes to choose from and the good news is you probably already have several in your kitchen!
I absolutely adore these crochet eggs made by gnomeworkshop over at Etsy.
Natural Easter Grass:
Skip the bags of plastic Easter egg grass and use a more environmentally friendly Easter egg grass that is better for your family and the environment. So much traditional petroleum-based Easter grass finds itself as landfill waste each year. This grass is plastic and may contain chemicals that you don’t want your children exposed to.
The first alternative is REAL organic grass. Tim’s Real Easter Basket Grass is organically grown product that contains no harmful chemicals commonly found in petroleum-based plastic products including BPA, PVC, melamine or phthalates
You can also grow your own Easter basket grass but you need to start this project 10 days before you need it.
Natural Easter Egg Fillers:
Make your own food for filler! Homemade crackers, nuts, seeds, fruit leather, popcorn, the sky is the limit with this one!
There are many organic candy options available to fill your Easter eggs with.
And then there is always the non-candy Easter egg fillers. There are so many things that you can stuff into these tiny Easter eggs, it can be fun to use your imagination!
- small figurine
- glow sticks
- finger puppets
- stick-on tattoos
- lip balm
AND so many more!
These are just a few ideas that can help you make your Easter a bit more eco-friendly. If you have any ideas to share please comment below.