5 Ways To Have a Plastic-Free, Egg-Free Easter Egg Hunt

Eggs have long been a symbol Easter; in Christianity, they have traditionally been associated with Jesus rising from the grave, as a live bird hatches from an egg shell, which resembles the stone of a tomb. Suggestions abound for what to do with plastic Easter eggs after you’ve used them for an Easter egg hunt. But instead of having to worry about recycling a pile of multicolored plastic egg halves (which have been linked to lead paint) what about not using any real ones at all? Too many hard boiled real eggs, turned pinks and purple and yellow after a dip in a vinegary dye, simply end up in the garbage and as landfill.

Not that (should you celebrate Easter) you must forget about the tradition of holding a hunt! Here are five ways to have an egg-free, plastic-free Easter “egg” hunt:

1. Carrots Aren’t Just For Rabbits

Besides eggs, there are other symbols of Easter such as, of course, rabbits. How about a hunt for carrots or even some egg-shaped vegetables (radishes)? (Admittedly, the disadvantage or advantage, of hiding these sorts of items outside is that other creatures could get them to first, beyond anyone doing the hunting.)

2. Compostable Corn Eggs

There are a number of eco-alternative to real eggs, including some colorful ones made from 100 percent corn that can be composted in an industrial compost facility after use. One parent isn’t so sure about how entirely biodegradable these are, though.

3. Wooden Eggs

Non-toxic wooden eggs come au naturel, waiting to be painted and decorated; others are already painted in rainbow hues. One big advantage over the real ones is that wooden ones can be reused year after year and, when it’s not Easter, used in a little one’s pretend play.

4. Felt, Cloth and Knitted Eggs

Soft felted eggs can also be used and reused. You can also make eggs from textiles, such as these fillable soft eggs using fabric scraps or some knitted eggs in all sorts of colors and patterns.

5. Bake Your Own!

Another option is to bake cookies (here’s a gluten-free recipe), cupcakes (here’s a gluten-free, dairy-free recipe) or other treats in egg (and other Easter-y) shapes — though using these in your Easter egg hunt means that you might be providing a snack for some wild creatures (and for those doing the hunting).

Easter has come to be as much associated with candy, chocolate and baskets full of bright green cellophane grass. All of these holiday treats generate tons of waste, especially big chocolatey sugary eggs packaged in excessive amounts of plastic and cardboard, the better to keep their decorations pristine.

Easter this year falls just after the start of spring. In the spirit of renewal and in celebration of the earth, why not make your Easter celebration full of reusables and truly green?


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Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz2 years ago

Thank you

M Quann
M Q.2 years ago

Great ideas, thank you.

stacey t.
Stacey Toda3 years ago

Good ideas

Christine Jones
Christine J.3 years ago

Can't see kids getting too excited about hunting for raw vegetables, but the other ideas are great. Easter can be a tricky time for vegans so it's great to get some fresh ideas.

Darcie Busch
Darcie Busch3 years ago

thank you.

Vicky P.
Vicky P.3 years ago

cute ideas

Toni Andonova
Toni Andonova3 years ago


Elaine B.
Elaine B.3 years ago

What neat ideas!

Nils Anders Lunde
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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago