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Greener Easter Guide: Tips For An Eco-Friendly Holiday

Huffington Post   First Posted: 05/11/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:15 PM ET

Eggs

Easter is a great holiday to spend with the family because there are activities involved -- dying eggs, egg hunts and gift-giving.

As with anything, it's very simple to make your holiday more environmentally friendly! Here are some quick Greener Easter tips!

1. GREENER EASTER BASKETS

Just use the basket from last year -- which you saved, right? -- and fill it with cut-up newspaper and magazine clippings. It's not like that cheap plastic stuff really approximates grass, anyway! Plus, it'll be easier to clean up.

If you don't have a basket from last year, you can invest in a new one that will last. One I've seen recommended is from Longaberger. But you can also use tote bags, gift boxes and other containers that you have sitting around.

2. GREENER GOODIES

Fill the baskets with local, organic chocolates and low-impact, usable gifts that encourage green living and thinking -- like bike accessories, or solar-powered toys.

3. BETTER EASTER EGGS

Dye eggs that you'll actually eat -- cage-free, organic and all the rest -- and do it with natural dyes. EHow has a nice list of ways to make natural egg dyes and this helpful tip: If it will stain your kid's clothing, it will probably work for eggs.

4. GREENER EASTER NEXT YEAR

Put your Easter baskets in storage for next year -- and watch stoop sales and flea markets for anything you really wish you had but don't want to buy new -- like those plastic eggs, for example.

Happy Easter!

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