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April 10, 2009

3 Tips for a Greener Easter

The easter bunny goes green We've heard a rumor that the Easter Bunny has decided to go green this year. So tell your kids they can expect to hunt for an ecofriendly basket filled with green chocolate and natural eggs. Here's how it's done:

Skip the Plastic: Instead of filling baskets with plastic grass, use shredded newspaper or colorful fabric scraps. Opt for natural, handmade baskets, boxes, or bags that can be reused each year (make it a tradition for your kids to set out their empty baskets night before in anticipation of the Bunny's visit).

Use Natural Egg Dyes: Add color to organic, free range eggs with natural dyes. Use a water and vinegar base, then add either turmeric (yellow), spinach (green), beets (pink), or blueberries (blue). Boil or soak the eggs in the dye mixture. Find recipes and instructions here and here.

Eat Green Chocolate: Chocolate isn't the only option for stuffing baskets--fruit, toys, clothes, and art supplies make great gifts as well. But for sweet teeth that won't be satisfied with anything but chocolate, choose fair trade, organic varieties. To get you started, the staffers at Sierra magazine picked a few delicious winners in our ethical chocolate taste test.

--Della Watson

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