The White House is greening its Easter egg roll this year - and here are a few ways that you can, too:
- Aim for sustainable and cruelty-free. Here's a guide to deciphering egg packaging.
- Buy eggs in biodegradable or recyclable cartons, instead of styrofoam.
- Forego the pre-packaged egg-dyeing kits - it's easy to make your own egg dye. Here are some instructions - all you need are typical household ingredients such as food coloring, vinegar and hot water. To give the eggs a pattern, just draw on them with a regular crayon before you dip them in the dye.
- When all of the eggs have been found, whip up a batch of deviled eggs or egg salad for everyone.
- If you use plastic eggs for your hunt, save and reuse them every year.
- Purchase candy that doesn't come with excess packaging.
- Try organic, fair-trade chocolate.
- Or, buy an egg- or bunny-shaped mold and teach your kids how to make their own Easter chocolate.
- If your marshmallow Peeps go stale, you don't need to pitch them, Instead, make "smeeps" - s'mores with marshmallow peeps. Serious Eats' Peeps Week offers other suggestions for the sugary confections, including how to make them from scratch.
- Save and reuse your baskets each year.
- Instead of plastic Easter grass, make your own by putting old magazines or colorful paper through a shredder.
- For a table centerpiece, use a potted plant instead of cut flowers - you'll be able to enjoy it for much longer. If you buy cut flowers, aim for local or organic.
- Or, use your freshly-dyed eggs as a centerpiece in a beautiful bowl.
Bonus trivia: Did you know that Easter Sunday is frequently the day when Americans use the least energy all year?