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Cadbury (eggs) is eliminating some of its trademark purple packaging just in time for Easter. The box-free foil "Eco-eggs" will use 75% less plastic and 65% less cardboard, with the hopes of saving 1,130 tons of packaging this Easter.

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April 9, 2009

Eco-Easter

As you prep for this Easter holiday
Try to do it in an eco-friendly way
Dye your eggs with veggies and fruit
And try a reusable basket to hold all your loot.

Green Eggs and Easter

Easter's almost here and its time to start dying eggs and prepping baskets for the Easter bunny. But instead of reaching for the boxes of chemical dye, try using all-natural ingredients to color your eggs and fill your baskets.

  • Skip the plastic baskets and grass that traditionally fills them. Instead, opt for a basket made from reusable materials, or get funky and use a watering pail, or that purse your daughter's been eyeballing. Then, replace the plastic grass with newspaper clippings or old magazines.
  • This year, leave the harsh chemicals at the store when it's time to get decorating. Eggs can be dyed with everything from spices to fruits and vegetables. Simply pick the color you're looking for (example: raspberries for red) and follow the recipe below to make your own natural Easter egg dyes.
    • Add a small amount of water to whichever food you're using. Bring these items to a boil in a pot and then strain any solids out of the mixture and allow water to cool.
    • Add 2 or 3 teaspoons of white vinegar per cup of dye produced. Submerge the eggs (just as you normally do) and allow them to sit until desired color is reached.

Check It Out

Eco-Friendly Easter Baskets: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/crafts/
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Easter egg dye recipes: http://www.wisegeek.com/
how-can-i-color-easter-eggs-naturally.htm

Cadbury goes green: http://www.takepart.com/blog/2008/02/18/
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