Although the "Get Up and Go!"-themed White House Easter Egg Roll this coming Monday, April 25 will feature 14,500 traditional hard-boiled eggs, the souvenir ones for the kiddos aren't going to be the kind that spoils. Instead, children (under 12 years old) will receive take-home eggs made from sustainable wood. The wood used to make the colorful egg-replicas was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which verifies the wood's sustainable production from the forest of origin through the supply chain.
The souvenir eggs will be available in four different pastel colors and feature the stamped signatures of President Obama and the First Lady.
Plus, the packaging for the souvenir egg is also designed to be recyclable. It's made from paperboard, "uses no wood fibers from controversial sources," and features eco-friendly vegetable oil-based inks and water-based coating.
The National Park Foundation had 83,000 made for sales (at $7.50 a pop and $26.50 for a four-pack) and as free souvenirs for the children who attend Monday's event. However, participants will actually roll and hunt for dyed, hard-boiled eggs -- about 14,500 of them!
But the eco-kindess of the Easter Egg Roll doesn't just stop with the certified wood souvenir eggs. Event organizers chose recyclable goody bags that are made from recycled content and also arranged for 90 recycling bins (and an equal number of trash receptacles) to be placed on the South Lawn and Ellipse at the White House.
It's exciting to see that the Obamas have made quite an effort to promote green living in pretty big ways at the Easter Egg Roll this year. They're obviously keeping with their promise to make this year's event "more environmentally friendly." Makes sense since the holiday falls so close to Earth Day this year, but it seems like a tradition that would be good to keep up every year.
If you want to feel like you got in on the White House Easter Egg Roll action yourself, you can purchase your own souvenir eggs through the National Park Foundation. They're not only so pretty, but they're so green -- I want one!
How do you feel about making Easter a little "greener" this year?
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