Alternatives to plastic Easter grass

The other day we looked at some alternatives to plastic Easter eggs. Now to tackle the Easter grass.

My experience with non-plastic Easter grass started when I was about nine or ten, I wanted to make my mom an Easter basket. Not having cash (as is the case with most kids) I carefully cut a ton of paper into strips, then with the help of my sister, colored each and every strip with plain old crayons then stuffed it all into an old basket I found. I remember we stayed up half the night doing this, and I sure don’t expect you to do so. Nowadays, there are plenty of awesome options that don’t involve plastic grass, which beyond being made with non-renewable resources, is crazy messy. Below are some cool alternatives.

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My favorite idea yet (this year) is to use play silk instead of Easter grass. I never would have come up with this on my own, but it’s so cute and such a great idea, especially if you’re making an Easter basket for a baby or toddler. An added benefit of this plan is this is Easter grass that’s fun all year round. The darling play silk idea above is from Newtknees. Apples N Amos also sells play silks.

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If you find an old book at a thrift store, you can make amazingly lovely Easter egg grass with it.

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You can grow your own Easter egg grass, either with a cute and easy Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass Kit or use these instructions and some seeds + soil.

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Need yarn anyhow? First use it as an Easter basket filler. It’ll cradle eggs nicely and safely plus looks awesome. Later, use the yarn to make something amazing. Handspun Wool Yarn in Sea Glass from Llamajama is a beautiful choice, or check out thrift stores for reuse yarn on the cheap.

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Eco Eggs, who I discussed before, sells compostable eco grass made from corn starch, which is 100% renewable content, and this grass is fully compostable/biodegradable after use. Again, biodegradable is sketchy, but since this isn’t made with oil, it’s a much better choice. What kind of sucks is Eco Eggs says they’re out of stock. Maybe if you contact them, they can point you in a seller direction.

Other ideas…

  • Shred leftover holiday tissue paper into grass – I’m sure you’ve got some from Christmas.
  • Dissemble used gift bows to make grass.
  • Use recycled kraft filler.
  • Don’t use grass at all. You can make a perfectly amazing Easter basket sans grass.
  • Sometimes weird stuff you find at thrift stores will work as grass, such as old cheerleading pom poms, fabric, an old tee shirt, etc. Be creative.

Got other ideas? Share in the comments.

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Comments

  1. Amy says

    Hi, I just found your link! Thanks so much for featuring my playsilk as an eco-alternative! Lovely blog you have here…I’m off to explore it some more! Thanks again, Happy Easter! Amy of Newtknees Designs

  2. Jennifer Chait says

    You’re welcome Amy. I LOVE your idea. It’s one of those, “how come I didn’t think of that” ideas! If you ever have any other cool holiday ideas you’d like featured, or new products, just email me at jennifer@growingagreenfamily.com.

  3. says

    Hey, just stumbled onto your site. I love these ideas for a greener Easter! Easter is my favorite holiday, and for a day that’s all about the natural world coming back to life you’d think it would be a little more environmentally friendly, not to mention, this year it’s right around the corner from Earth Day — but all that plastic grass and those plastic eggs they sell does not make for a great way to celebrate spring…so, yeah, thanks for these awesome tips to remedy that!

    Just a suggestion on the 2nd one, instead of buying an old book from the thrift store, you could also use a newspaper, magazines, or even shredded mail.

    Once again, great post!

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