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I stumbled across a story the other day. I retweeted it, too. It was a story from Salon.com called The Deplorable Rise of the Plastic Egg. The point of the story: China and how it currently holds the top plastic egg producing spot. (No shocker there.) The author also laments the decline of real egg decorating. From the story:

“Instead of resurrection, plastic eggs are all about everlasting nonbiodegradable un-death, inauthenticity and cheap disposability, not to mention global economic trends eating away at the livelihood of blue-collar American workers.”

He’s right, of course. Americans often look for the easy, disposable way out. My family hasn’t decorated real eggs for two years now. It’s messy. Besides we don’t eat hard-boiled eggs and I decided it was a waste. As for plastic eggs: Yes, I do hide them, but in my defense we’ve been recycling and reusing the same plastic eggs for three years now. And the basket — and the 17 eggs we hide — are sitting on my office floor waiting to go back up into the attic. But I know I am in a minority. Plastic eggs cost $1. If you buy them after the holiday you can get them at 75 percent off. Most people, I am sure, just buy them and throw them out after the jelly beans and Cadbury eggs are gone.

As for the original author’s point about China: I won’t even go there. There’s really nothing for me to say that hasn’t been said already. No matter where you live China is probably kicking your country’s butt in terms of production and export of pop culture items.

So why am I bothering writing about plastic eggs? Especially since Easter is over? I just wanted to remind everyone that it doesn’t take a lot of thought to put your used eggs into a box for next year. Wrap ‘em up and you’ve saved yourself a few bucks and a trip to the store next year. And if you don’t celebrate: Your town probably has an Easter Egg hunt. Encourage community members to reuse their plastic eggs, too. If every one of us salvages just one or two eggs we can divert thousands of pounds of plastic from land fills, no small feat, right?

One Response to “An Easter Without (Real) Eggs”

  1. Laura says:

    Oh yes! We definitely reuse the plastic eggs. I would feel so wasteful if I just threw them out. We do dye eggs and throw them out after they’ve looked pretty on our table for a week or so, so I’m not perfect. At least they won’t last forever I guess.

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