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April 5, 2012

Be part of the sustainable, ethical Easter tradition!


Whether you’re a person of faith or not, you’ve probably noticed all the usual trappings of Easter are upon us! The springtime celebrations this weekend of Easter and Passover are a great time to be a loving steward of the Earth. Many denominations are looking to their scripture and incorporatingenvironmental values into their worship.  In fact, if you are interested in getting more engaged in exploring religious worldviews to get a broader understanding of the complex nature of current environmental concerns, you may be interested in checking out the Forum on Religion andEcology.

We hope that no matter what you celebrate, you make the most of it by making choices that are healthy for the Earth, humankind, and bunny-kind.
 
Bunnies & Eggs

Eggs, rabbits, springtime… Easter is a time to celebrate fertility and life springing anew. Celebrate this respect for young life by caring for the Earth with a few easy steps:


Dye eggs, not baby animals—and don’t be a basket case



Chicks& rabbits don't belong in baskets! Dyed chicks and bunnies may seem like a fun novelty, but animals are not disposable and they certainly don’t deserve to be treated as.
Pets are a life-long commitment  and should not be purchased on a whim.




Recycle and Reuse

Use it up, wear it out, make it do! Using something you already have instead of creating demand by buying new is the most sustainable choice. This is especially important to remember when it comes to holidays and events that happen every year, but are much the same, such as Easter.



Ditch the Plastic!
  • Most plastic eventually ends up in the ocean; the average American's 'garbage in the ocean' footprint is about 600pounds annually, only 1-3% of which is recycled.

  • Use less harmful alternatives like shredded paper, fabric, or green yarn work just as well (and you probably have them lying around)! If you already have Easter grass, reuse or recycle it afterwards.
 
Candy is dandy, if it’s Earth and human friendly!

As we mentioned in our Valentine’sDay blog, the growing and production of chocolate can be harmful to the Earth and the people who help make it. Do your research online and buy candy that is good for everyone.



Celebrate new life in a new way

Just because it’s a tradition doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd! Consider celebrating the arrival of spring by becoming a member of The Arbor Day Foundation. Memberships start at only $10—and they’ll send you 10FREE trees to plant! Now that’s cause for celebration.

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