With so much going on I forgot that Easter is almost here. Dang. In any case, it’s not too late to green your Easter baskets. Here’s how in eight easy steps…
1. Use recycled baskets – use real baskets not plastic toss away baskets. You can pick up old, but still like-new baskets at thrift stores or use what you have around the house. I have literally used the same Easter basket for my own son Cedar for four years running and I doubt he’s even noticed. I create the basket, then at some point after Easter swipe the basket back so I can use it next year. If you’re not already using all reusable grocery bags, you can also make baskets with paper grocery bags or make an ultra fancy basket with recycled craft paper.
2. Use natural Easter grass – Plastic grass is dangerous for kids and pets; especially if they try to munch on it. Use naturally made store bought grass or make some with colored recycled construction paper; just toss it through your paper shredder. If you don’t have a paper shredder, just cut the paper up the old-fashioned way. You can also fill a basket with greenery such as wheatgrass, pine, or other leaves.
3. Ban or reuse plastic filler Easter eggs – Buy real eggs or sustainably made wooden eggs instead of plastic ones if you want something to hide. If you buy wooden Easter eggs you and the kiddos can even paint them. If you want something to fill, reuse the same eggs year after year or choose a more eco-friendly Easter egg to fill. You can even make your own pretend Easter eggs with recycled egg cartons.
4. Never stuff small animals in baskets - little bunnies and chicks shouldn’t be part of your Easter celebration. Pets are a big consideration, not a fly-by-night holiday gift.
5. Choose sustainable treats – Look for certified organic and Fair Trade candy, cookies, and other Easter treats. You can also make your own treats which cuts out the whole annoying packaging issue. Coming up we’ll look at some good specific treats.
6. Go with organic non-toxic Easter eggs – Buy sustainable, free range, organic eggs. I know we haven’t talked much about eco-friendly eggs here, but for now, you’ll be fine if you look for the USDA Organic label. When you dye them, try an eco-friendly egg coloring kit first.
7. Choose eco-friendly toys – Look for organic stuffed friends and other sustainably made toys.
8. Recycle everything! – You can compost your Easter egg shells and recycle that homemade paper grass along with candy wrappers.