How to Have a Sustainable Easter with Kids

How to Have a Sustainable Easter with Kids

Mar, 23, 2024

How to Have a Sustainable Easter with Kids

Easter is right around the corner, and who can resist the joy of watching kids paint eggs and run around in search of hidden treasures? Unfortunately, the environmental impact of Easter has surged, increasing by 20-43 percent in recent years. This poses a dilemma for environmentally conscious parents who want to ensure their kids’ happiness during Easter time.

How to Have a Sustainable Easter with Kids

The good news is that there are creative solutions that achieve a balance by minimizing waste during the Easter celebrations your kids cherish. 

Eggs for Your Easter Egg Hunt

Of course, the regular plastic eggs used for hiding goodies are reusable, but if you, like my family, try to avoid plastic, there are other plastic-free and waste-free options. Try these supplies instead:

·      wooden eggs

·      cardboard eggs 

·      metal eggs

·      glass jars

. Felt Eggs


While we buy candy and treats to fill our kids’ baskets, we also enjoy having the Easter Bunny bring non-candy gifts! One year, the Easter Bunny brought snorkel gear; another year, homemade essential oil playdough packaged in glass jars. He’s also brought egg-shaped bath bombs with flowers and art supplies. 

If you lack access to bulk candy, buying candy in recyclable paper, cardboard, or foil is best. Another option, though it requires a bit more effort, is to make your own candy, like gummy bears, lollipops, caramels, chocolate-dipped marzipan eggs, and brittles. The bonus is that you’ll be sure the candy your children are eating is free of artificial flavoring and colors.  


Instead of plastic baskets with plastic fake grass, use a wicker basket, cloth, or reusable bag for the kids to collect eggs in. You can still decorate them festively with ribbons, paint, and cloth. And remember to add name tags for a personalized touch and to avoid any mix-ups. 

Egg Dye

Nothing says Easter quite like dying eggs with kids. Our family uses all-natural coloring from kitchen ingredients like herbs and spices—they make vibrant dyes! The exciting part is the element of surprise. With natural dyes, you never know what colors you’ll end up with! Using natural ingredients requires a bit more patience as these dyes take a bit longer to dry, sometimes overnight, but it’s worth the effort!

Use this handy color guide as a reference:

Yellow onion skins — Yellow to dark orange

Turmeric or cumin — Bright yellow

Spirulina — Bright Green

Red beets — Pink to red

Red onion skins — Pale purple to red

Red cabbage — Blue (strange, but true)

Spinach — Green

Purple grape juice (use as is) — Lavender

Coffee (use as is) — Tan to brown

Chili powder — Orange

Raspberries or blackberries — Pink to purple

Yellow or green apple peels — Yellow-green

Beet Juice or powder — Pink to purple


Boil 2 cups of water with 2 Tbsp of your chosen ingredient from the list above. Reduce to a simmer until the water is the color of your choice. Cool water before using. Add hard-boiled eggs to the dye and let them soak until the desired color is reached. 

Another option is to paint your eggs with watercolors. We like to use pigments we buy in bulk from Natural Earth Paint, which we simply mix with water to make paint. 

If you wish not to paint chicken eggs, painting wooden eggs is a great option that my kids always love. You can buy kits from Natural Earth Paint as well. 


For me, Easter is about celebrating Spring! I like to serve colorful food, preferably from my own garden or from our local farmers market. 

Here is what we usually serve on Easter:

Vegan Pavlova Topped with Mango

Hummus with Crackers and Crudities

Vegan Quiche with Asparagus

Oven-Roasted Cabbage with Couscous and Carrot-Ginger Yogurt

Spring Rolls

Pasta Salad

Hot Cross Buns

Easter Kids Crafts

Easter is the perfect time to get crafty with kids! Here’s an article about the kids’ crafts we love! and here is a video of the kids doing a Easter craft from upcycled materials:

Fredrika Syren

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