White House Announces ‘Greener’ Eggs and Packaging for Annual Easter Egg Roll

By Penny Starr | March 28, 2011 | 12:08 PM EDT

A group of boys fling their eggs towards the finish line at the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo By Chuck Kennedy)

(CNSNews.com) – The White House announced Monday that this year’s Easter Egg Roll will be “more environmentally friendly,” with eggs made ofwood certified by an environmental activist organization and packaging that will “minimize waste and environmental impact.”

The press release issued by the White House states that the eggs will be produced in the United States from hardwood “certified” by the Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization with a presence in 50 countries and a mission “to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.” 

The “greener” packaging for the eggs – available in purple, pink, green and yellow – is made from paperboard certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The paperboard “uses no wood fibers from controversial sources” and the printed carton the egg comes in can be recycled. The packaging is also decorated with vegetable oil-based inks and water-based coatings.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative was created in 1994 to promote the vision of sustainable development established by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.

The eggs, which include the stamped signature of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, are given to children 12 years and younger who attend that annual egg roll on the south lawn of the White House.

The White House also said that activities at the event will “encourage” children to “lead active and healthy lives,” one of the cornerstones of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity.

The Easter Egg Roll will take place on Monday, April 25. The theme this year is “Get up and Go.” Tickets are being distributed through an online lottery system, which is no longer accepting requests. Announcement of the lottery winners has not yet been announced by the White House.