Every year in April we celebrate Easter with lots of great traditions. Gifts, food, and decorations can produce a lot of junk. In this article you will find out how you can enjoy Easter with your children in the long term.
Buy locally sourced eggs
For many, eggs are simply part of a real Easter celebration. They are painted, cooked, used for baking, hidden and found. If you want to celebrate Easter sustainably, it is best to use eggs from organic chicken farming. You can reliably identify organic eggs by the KAT logo and an organic or Demeter seal.
Better to avoid colored eggs from the supermarket
Hard-boiled and colorfully painted eggs are an eye-catcher in the Easter basket. How practical that you can simply buy the colorful eggs in the supermarket, right? Practical, yes, but you are not doing your health or the laying hens any favours. On the one hand, color can get into the egg through small cracks in the shell. On the other hand, there is no labeling requirement for boiled and colored eggs. They are considered a "processed egg product", the suppliers do not have to identify the origin and type of husbandry. Here, too, you should look out for the KAT logo, or even better: dye it yourself.
Dye your own eggs
Nobody has to do without colorful eggs for Easter. The best and most environmentally friendly alternative is organic eggs that you dye yourself. For this you can use strongly coloring foods such as:
- Red: beetroot
- Green: spinach or mate tea
- Orange: Carrots
- Yellow: turmeric
- Brown: coffee powder
- Golden brown: onion skins
- Brown-red: Red onion skins
- Blue-purple: red cabbage
Simply boil the vegetables or ground coffee in water until you get a colored brew. Then pour off the liquid and cook the raw eggs in it for 10 minutes. Tip: A dash of vinegar in the water will make the color on the eggshell more intense. You can also leave the eggs in the colored water for a few hours. If you dye eggs with natural dyes, you don't have to worry if some dye gets into the egg through the shell. The shells can later easily go into the organic waste.
Natural and sustainable decoration
Exactly like to Christmas also includes the right decoration for Easter. Use real grass or hay instead of Easter grass, use twigs and wood instead of plastic decorations. Natural materials not only look beautiful, they also do not pollute our environment and can simply be disposed of with organic waste.
Pay attention to the origin of the food
Traditionally, an Easter lamb is served on the table at Easter. However, it does not always have to be meat, there are now many vegan and vegetarian alternatives. If you don't want to do without meat, you should pay attention to the origin, just like when buying eggs, and buy organic meat from the region.
When choosing food, it is also helpful to pay attention to its environmental balance. One egg produces 0.2 kg of CO2 emissions. That's about as much as driving a kilometer by car. For 100 grams of chicken, that's 0.37 kg and two kilometers. For the same amount of beef, there are 1.23 kg of CO2 emissions, which corresponds to a car journey of eight kilometers. 100 grams of potatoes, on the other hand, are only responsible for 0.04 kg.
Sustainable Easter gifts
In the Easter nest there are often not only sweets for children, but also small gifts. Sustainable wooden toys from EverEarth are best suited here. These are not only environmentally friendly, but also durable.