Just as you can with other seasonal celebrations such as Valentine’s Day, You can learn how to have an eco-friendly Easter that everyone enjoys.
Canadians love to celebrate the arrival of springtime, and it can be done with less consumerism and more awareness of the health of the natural world.
Here are 7 tips to help you care for the environment while you search for eggs and celebrate the renewal of springtime. Easter and spring are really all about the environment and our place in it. What better time to promote eco-friendly habits.
1. Stop Using Plastic Eggs and Grass
Unless you keep them in a safe place and reuse them each year, buying new plastic eggs every year is not very eco-friendly. It just adds more plastic that will eventually end up in the landfill.
You can substitute with biodegradable goodie bags, paper eggs, or reusable wooden eggs to paint. If you opt to reuse plastic eggs for hunts outside, try to source those made from recycled plastic and use them each year.
Also, don’t buy the fake plastic grass to line the basket. Instead, use shredded recycled paper, newspaper, or a brightly-colored reusable cloth to lay in the bottom.
2. Don’t Buy a New Easter Basket
Another item that doesn’t need to be bought new each year is the Easter basket. You can opt for a sturdier product that will last and get several years from it. Or you can buy one at a thrift store and give it new life, which is very appropriate for springtime.
You can also avoid a basket altogether and use something more practical, such as new rain boots, an umbrella, or a festive backpack.
3. Use Seeds as an Easter Treat
An eco-friendly family activity is to give a packet of seeds as an Easter treat. Then, spend part of the day planting them, either inside or outside, depending on the climate where you live.
This is an excellent way to get some ecotherapy going and encourage the development of an eco-conscious mindset in your child. It will add to their appreciation and care for the natural world.
4. Get Out in Nature Instead of an Egg Hunt
If you dare to break with tradition or start a new one of your own, you could make a plan to get out in nature for the day instead of having the traditional egg hunt.
Some ideas for an outing include visiting a farm to see the new baby animals, going birdwatching for parent birds building nests, or visiting the zoo and making a point of viewing the new arrivals.
5. Buy Fairtrade and Local
If you include food items such as chocolate in your Easter tradition, try to source Fairtrade or local products. Supporting local businesses with as many eco-friendly items as you can is a great way to support the local economy and cut down on travel emissions.
Shopping the local farmers’ markets and smaller businesses that offer items produced in your area will cut down on the need for goods to be transported into your region from faraway countries.
6. Give Non-Food Easter Treats
Give some Easter treats that are not food items. Everything doesn’t have to be preservative-filled or a cheap plastic import. You can go with books, eco-friendly toys, new clothing, card games, or fun activities.
Use your imagination and don’t follow the crowds to the local dollar store or box store where you may not even know the origins of what you give to your child. Pay attention to the things that your child enjoys and take inspiration from their personality.
7. Keep the Focus on Being Eco-Conscious
With Easter and springtime being about the renewal of life and nature, it’s the perfect time to focus on eco-consciousness and caring for the environment.
A celebration of life should include concern for the health of the planet that gives us life in the first place. The attention shouldn’t be on consumerism and creating more destructive waste that doesn’t benefit anyone.
Easter can also be the perfect opportunity to engage children in activities that foster eco-friendly habits to carry them through life with respect for the environment and its health.
Use the ideas outlined above, and add in your own, to enjoy an Easter celebration that puts new life and the natural world at the center, where it belongs.