Read on to find out how to have an incredible eco-friendly Easter celebration by making a few simple switches that will help the environment and your wallet, because we at MagicQuote value finding ways to save you money not just with car insurance.
1. Instead of Plastic Eggs, Try Real Eggs
Those plastic eggs are inexpensive, colorful and oh so exciting to see peeking out from the grass during an Easter egg hunt. There are significant downsides, however — these fun little eggs are made of plastic, typically break or come apart within a short time of being purchased, and often cannot be recycled. Instead of shelling out for store-bought plastic, why not hunt for real eggs, hand-colored or dyed?
2. Instead of Cheap Chocolate, Choose Locally Made
In our consumer culture, it’s never a bad time to show kids what it means to value quality over quantity. Rather than buying handfuls of cheap chocolate eggs or giant mass-produced chocolate bunnies, seek out a small chocolatier at a farmers market or local grocery store and pick one really great chocolate treat instead.
3. Instead of Disposable Baskets, Try Making One That Lasts
The financial and environmental costs of purchasing a new basket every year and throwing it out when it breaks or when Easter is over (even if it is just a few dollars) really add up! Instead, invest in a well-made (or even better, secondhand!) basket that can be painted, decorated and used for years to come.
4. Instead of Plastic Grass, Fill Baskets with Other Material
Once you’ve created a basket that will last, what do you fill it with? That shimmery plastic grass is classic, but it just ends up in the trash when Easter is over. Choosing something more sustainable can look just as good without the waste footprint! (There’s also no chance of finding little strands of the plastic stuff stuck to absolutely everything for the next three weeks. Just saying.)
You can replace the grass with a number of different things; get creative! Some ideas to start you off: paper from a home paper shredder, a beautiful scarf or piece of fabric, or even natural raffia ribbon would look amazing. Just make sure to choose something that can be recycled — or better yet, reused — after the excitement is over.