Because enjoying the things you love doesn’t have to cost the Earth…
By Melissa Marasco
Easter is only a hop, skip and a jump away, and with that comes the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, pastel dresses and mouth-watering brunch menus. Global Cool shares their top tips and tricks to have a greener Easter…
Store-bought dyes often contain artificial colors and unnatural ingredients. Instead, try using naturally staining ingredients commonly found in your pantry to dye your eggs, such as blueberries, grape juice, coffee, boiled spinach leaves, carrots, beets, cranberries, green tea and more!
To create the dyes, add tap water to the staining ingredient until you have about one cup of liquid, and bring the mixture to a boil. Let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes before you remove from heat, and add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar. Add hard boiled eggs to the mixture, and remove once eggs achieve the desired color.
Chocolate Easter eggs
A Global Cool favorite, Green and Black’s organic chocolate is always a crowd pleaser, and their Easter Egg & Tasting Collection is no exception. The collection contains 24 mini bars of their best milk, dark and white chocolates, including tasting notes and recipes with it. Further sweetening the deal, the collection is Soil Association Organic and Fairtrade Labelled Certified.
It’s easy to see why Divine Luxury Milk Chocolate Egg with Mini Praline Eggs is called Divine with one taste of these chocolates. Made from luxuriously smooth fair-trade milk chocolate, Divine uses 100% natural ingredients and cocoa grown in Ghana for this seasonal product.
It’s hard to resist the calling of Cadbury eggs, so treat yourself to one of their unboxed Easter eggs. Although it does contain dairy, the cardboard-free packaging cuts down on cardboard and maximizes the chocolate!
What’s Easter without the Easter bunny? To satisfy your vegan craving for a chocolate Easter bunny, try Premium Chocolatiers’ Laughing Bunny. Hand-painted and too cute, Laughing Bunny is milk free, nut free, gluten free and egg free. Premium Chocolatiers also have a wide range of delectable vegan Easter treats, like milk-free chocolate eggs, egg truffles, and a vegan chocolate Easter basket. Shop their whole Easter line online now.
Chocolate bunnies not for you? Shake your cotton tail with an Easter bunny stuffed animal! We love the adorable Stuffed Organic Rabbit from Sewn Natural, which comes with an optional Spring Felted Rabbit Playmat Set. Hand-made in a nut-, peanut-, synthetic scent, and cat-free studio, this adorable stuffed rabbit is handcrafted with soft 100% organic white cotton fleece and stuffed with anti-dust-mite, anti-microbial, flame retardant wool.
Easter egg hunt
There is no need to purchase plastic Easter eggs for your egg hunt when you can upcycle plastic water bottles and fabric scraps to make your own braided Easter eggs. Cut the fabric scraps into 3” sections and braid together. Next, hot glue the fabric braids onto the large plastic water bottle and fill with Easter treats! See the full tutorial here:
Here comes the science bit…
GC articles show you one of four ways (the one in bold) to live greener…
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