Saturday, March 23, 2013

Eco Easter

I have nightmares about the cellophane wrapped plastic Easter baskets filled with plastic Easter eggs and artificially dyed and flavored "treats" that I see near the checkout at grocery stores. Here we don't celebrate Easter, we celebrate Eco Easter!

One day I looked in the garage and realized that we had about ten baskets piled in the back. It dawned on me that Mr. Easter Bunny was bringing us a new basket every single year. That year our wise little bunny delivered a fair trade basket from Ghana with a note asking that the basket be left out the night before every Easter to be filled and hidden anew. How how I love our Eco Easter Bunny! African Market Baskets can help you locate a retailer near you. The price may be a bit more than a traditional cheap Easter basket, but these baskets are quality and will be used year after year. The ones we have are so small and cute that my girls use them to carry toys in year round.

Eco Eggs also help us have an Eco Easter. Eco Eggs - Compostable Easter Eggs are made from plants rather than petroleum based plastic. They are fully compostable, but can be saved and reused for years. Traditional plastic Easter eggs generate tons of emission and landfill waste each year. Our Easter Bunny likes to fill the baskets with shredded newspaper, but the company also sells eco grass. provides the natural treats and then the bunny normally tops it off with small toys and art supplies. And for some reason he loves to bring us socks!

This year Eco Easter is complete...I came across eco-kids, a family run business out of Portland, Maine. Their Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit is made using natural plant, fruit and vegetable extracts. For years I struggled with egg coloring. I hated using the artifical dyes, but I didn't know of any alternative. Anyone who has dyed eggs knows that the coloring seeps through. No way am I going to let my daughters eat a Blue # whatever hardboiled egg.

Each adorable kit comes with 3 all natural dyes made with gardenia flower, curcumin, annatto seeds, beets, red cabbage, and purple sweet potato, a color chart for creating six colors and instructions for coloring eggs, a hand crafted wire egg dipper, and an eco-crayon. FINALLY I can send colored eggs in their school lunches.

Hope you have a Happy Eco Easter!

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