March 31, 2015
Easter is approaching, and many people are gearing up to celebrate. Here are just a few ways to celebrate the holiday that are not only creative, but our environment gets a gift too!
Instead of buying one, you can weave one yourself out of paper grocery bags or magazine paper, you can sew one out of scrap fabric or old clothes, the alternatives are endless. You can even start a tradition of reusing the Easter baskets every year. Check out Babble for ideas to create your own green Easter basket. If you don’t have the time or inclination to create your own Easter basket…
Book bags, bicycle helmets, old lunch boxes or toy dump trucks are eco-friendly twists on the traditional plastic baskets. Anything you already have on hand or can use later is much easier on the environment and your wallet.
Change things up this year by trying DIY egg coloring with natural dyes! The bright side of natural coloring is that dyes can be made from a variety of ingredients found in your kitchen. Though it may take a little longer, it is sure worth the wait. Plus, it’s such a surprise to see how bright or light the colors turn out, depending on how strong you make the dyes.
Sure, we usually make a ton of egg salad with our leftover hard boiled eggs, but here’s some alternative recipe suggestions from Real Simple for those leftovers.
Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, encourages people around the world to plant a tree at Easter to symbolize renewal.
Wangari Maathai grew up in Kenya, and when she returned from college in the United States, she found out that her beautiful homeland was being destroyed. Too many trees were being cut down, resulting in disappearing wildlife, food and water shortages, and malnutrition. She started teaching those around her to replant the trees and care for the land, and soon she was known as Mama Miti, which means “Mother of Trees.”
Green Belt Movement, focuses on tree planing and watersheds, gender livelihood and advocacy, mainstream advocacy, and climate change. Since the beginning of the Green Belt Movement in 1977, more than 51 million trees have been planted in Kenya.
For her environmental work and her contribution to peace and democracy, Wangari Maathai was the first environmentalist and African American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, which she won in 2004. Later in 2009, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace for her commitment to the environment. Her environmental work was celebrated with many other awards as well, such as the Women of the World Award, the Conservation Scientist Award, the Better World Society Award, and the Nelson Mandela Award for Health & Human Rights.
Although Wangari Maathai died in 2001 after battling ovarian cancer, her legacy lives on in the millions of trees that have been planted. You can discover more about the millions of trees planted across Africa by the Green Belt Movement by watching “A Voice for Trees,” which she narrates.
If you want to include tree planting with your other Easter activities, purchase seedlings from a local greenhouse or florist. You can hide them in eggs to include them in an Easter egg hunt, or you can include the seedlings in your child’s Easter basket this year.
Happy Easter from Planet Green Recycle!