How to Green Your Easter Celebration

Here are some tips for making this year's celebration greener than ever.

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Just Born celebrates the 50th anniversary of Marshmallow Peeps candy

The White House is greening its Easter egg roll this year - and here are a few ways that you can, too:

The Eggs:

  • 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.
  • The Candy:

    • 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.
    • The Decorations:

      • 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?