Happy Eco-Easter from Direct Energy!

Did you know that you could have an Easter celebration that is fun and honors our environment? There are a wide range of Easter ideas but it’s the ones that won’t make our environment a mess that mean the most to Mother Nature. Here are our top picks for eco-friendly Easter ideas. Lets hop to it!

Easter Baskets
When you go to the store to find Easter baskets for your kiddos, the first ones you see are the traditional processed wicker or plastic baskets that make for a pretty presentation. But they are not good for the environment, so your best options are handmade wooden baskets. You can reuse these baskets for years which will save you the waste and money. Remember when filling your Easter basket to be sure to use shredded recyclable paper instead of the plastic Easter grass.

Easter Egg Hunts
We are all familiar with those plastic egg containers that our parents put our Easter goodies in. To steer clear of plastic eggs can be a bit of a challenge, but it is possible for your traditional Easter egg hunts. For instance, you can put candy goodies, small stuffed animals and eco-safe art supplies in small paper bags that you can decorate yourself. This way when the kids get their goodies out, you can recycle the bags rather than being wasteful with the plastic egg containers. They’d make fun lunch sacks for school!

Easter Eggs
Every Easter egg hunt isn’t complete without eggs dipped in dye. This year you can take it to a whole new level with natural dyes and natural decorations. Here is the recipe courtesy of Organic Authority.

Ingredients
Blue Coloring = Blueberries
Green Coloring = Spinach
Yellow Coloring = Ground turmeric or orange peels
Pink Coloring = Beets or rhubarb
Red Coloring = Raspberries

Directions
To hard boil your eggs, put the eggs in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once they are boiling, start to simmer and let them cook for eight minutes. Remove carefully from the water and place them somewhere dry to cool. To prepare your dyes, add 1 cup of water, 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and your 1/2 cup of natural food coloring of choice (listed above) to a saucepan. Simmer for ten minutes and add more or less of the food item to achieve your desired color. Pour into an individual container (it should still be hot) and get ready to dip your eggs or paint them. Since these dyes are all natural, you will want to let your eggs soak for a few minutes or boil the eggs with the dye for brighter colors.

Now to decorate your eggs, we have found a great way to do it yourself (DIY) and enjoy nature at the same time. Rebecca who has her own blog A Daily Something went on a flower picking expedition and picked up some beautiful flowers. She then used her favorite type of string (jute twine, white baker’s twine and neon pink masonry line) to attach the freshly picked greenery and flowers to hard-boiled eggs. You can add these decorations to your naturally dyed Easter eggs or use these decorations as an alternative to egg dying.

Composting Leftovers
Last but not least, let’s get to your Easter lunch or dinner that you are having with your family and friends. Do you ever wonder what to do with your leftovers? Well you can start a composting bin with your family. Even the smallest eco-friendly Easter ideas can make a big difference!

We hope you have a have a wonderful, fun planet-friendly Easter!

Special thanks to Flickr user Gertrud K. for the photo.