Easter- no matter what you believe you probably at the very least give baskets. Growing up we always got baskets with so much candy, the occasional stuffed animal and little toys. Being a new parent means navigating holidays. What will your traditions be? Will you do what you grew up with? Will you make your own? It can be overwhelming. What I did know is this year I wanted to be more eco friendly with our traditions.
I got to thinking.. for Christmas we have stockings we use every year, so why couldn’t we do the same with Easter. Instead of buying new baskets, filled with candy and plastic why not buy a basket to use year after year?
“Greener” Easter Baskets
I try to be as green as I can be. We use reusable bags, reusable straws, we recycle so why not let that carry over into the holidays? A few simple swaps and you too can make a festive greener Easter basket.
Instead of a plastic pail or even a flimsy wicker basket consider buying a good quality basket. I bought two at Home Goods for about $7 a piece. After Easter I will tuck them away until next year (just like I do with any other holiday decorations). You could be even more green and up cycle baskets you have around the house or find one at a garage sale.
This would eliminate using plastic or throwing away a cheap basket after only one use.
But why stop with the basket?
The grass is made from 100% recycled paper and is 100% recyclable. It comes in 3 vibrant colors yellow, green and pink. It’s just as pretty looking as the plastic fillers you have always used but better for the environment.
But what about the eggs? Don’t worry I have a solution for that too. This company also makes eggs! Awesome right?! The eggs are made from 100% renewable content! (But if you are like me and plan to reuse them again anyways it’s a win win). They look and feel just like Easter eggs that you have used in the past. They come in pretty pastel colors and are very sturdy.
So, now you have the basket, frilly grass and eggs- none which are plastic (air high five)! Pretty sweet huh? But if you know me I’m not stopping there.
The fun stuff
It amazes me how much stuff there is just to fill Easter baskets for 1 day! The entire dollar section of Target was packed with tiny toys (mostly plastic) that would be forgotten by the end of Easter weekend. So, I sat down and tried to think of fun items that would also be “greener,” options for my boys’ Easter baskets.
Here is the list I came up with:
- bamboo toothbrushes
- reusable straws (we carry one with us for Killian and he loves it)
- wooden blocks
- a new water bottle for the summer
- paperback books
- Water Wow Pads
- packs of seeds to plant as a family
- Reusable water balloons (Two and Tow did an awesome review of these)
- a new place setting (bowl, cup, silver wear)
and …. of course candy. But you could even go greener there by buying candy that comes in bulk and is not individually wrapped to cut down on waste.
So, there you have it. A few super simple swaps you could make and your kids Easter baskets could be much more eco friendly without losing any of the fun.
Will you be going “green” for Easter? Let me know below.