Easter is hiding right around the corner. This year I have decided to try to do more to make Easter Eco friendly as well as fun. I thought this would be a good place to share some of the things I’ve done in the past and things I plan on doing this year.
1. The obvious, Easter baskets. Cheap Easter baskets end up in the garbage usually a few hours or days after Easter. This adds a lot of trash to our already overflowing land fills. Here are a few ideas for kids as well as adults.
Look at getting a good quality basket that you can reuse over and over again either as an Easter basket or something else. My daughter has a basket that we bought her last year that she turned into a travel basket for all her toys, flowers, lemons off our tree anything that will fit in it basically. She still carries it around with her. This year we bought two baskets that are going to be dedicated Easter baskets, not baskets or totes for the girls! They are both made of a sturdy wicker with fabric lining and a very thick handle.
If your not really big on the whole basket idea, but want to give a “basket” that has practical uses try something like a gym bag, sand pail, serving bowl, backpack, lunch box etc. So what do you do with these unconventional “baskets”?
Here are some ideas for filling the baskets with Eco items as well as things that won’t give the recepeint a sugar hangover the next morning. For the kids: Every kid has something that they love, find out what it is. My little girl that loves to draw, paint and create. I have ordered Eco-paint from Eco-Kids http://eco-kidsusa.com/products-page/ It hasnt’ arrived yet, but I do have the Eco-Dough by the same company and it’s amazing. Check out their site to get a list of the all natural ingredients they use. They also have an egg dying kit!
If you have a Wee one that likes to dance or sing, why not make them their own CD. Add all their favorite songs and then make a CD cover for it. Best part of this is that their isn’t much packaging and you know your little one will love to dance and sing along with their very own CD. A version of this would work for the older kids too. You can buy Gift Certificates for the online apple store. Your big kid can go online and download their own music with these. Very Eco and you’ll be getting them something they will actually use.
If you have a Wee one that likes to be outside or is interested in gardening, think about filling their Sand Pail with things to plant with, shovel, gloves, seeds, little eco plant starters etc. This would also work for any garden lover, instead of a sand pail why not get them a harvest basket to use, you know the one that you see Martha Stewart always in the garden with.
Adults or big kids:
Last year I gave my husband a gym bag basket. Inside it were a few chocolate goodies, but I also gave him a few new workout shirts, pants and a gift certificate to his favorite vitamin store. This basket had minimal waste products in it. The few treats that I gave him were wrapped in aluminum which can be recycled. The clothing he is still using today and the bag is never left at home, he takes it with him every morning. This would work great for any kid that is into sports, and it’s a great gift for anyone that is trying to stay fit.
A serving bowl, sounds boring right! Well for some it might be, but a couple of years ago my mother in law gave us a serving bowl, with pot holders, tongs, kitchen towels and a small book of her favorite salads. To this day this is probably the best Basket I ever got. I loved it! If you have grown children or you have someone that loves to cook this is a great gift. To keep it super Eco you could buy all bamboo goods to fill it with. Bamboo pot holders, towels, tongs & even the bowl if you wanted. If you have a few great receipts you’d like to share even better!
To finish up on the Eco basket. Here are a few things to use and few to try and avoid.
1. Try not to use plastic baskets, or the pre-made, pre-wrapped baskets. These have a lot of waste in them that will end up in land fills
2. Try not to buy fake plastic grass. They now have a recycled paper that comes in different colors works great if you need the grass look. This can be picked up at most craft stores and drug stores.
3. try to stay away from the plastic eggs, instead dye an extra dozen real eggs that can be used to make deviled eggs or potato salad after they’ve been found. Really the fun part is the finding. If you’d like to hide other things besides eggs, hide chocolate bunnies wrapped in foil or foil covered eggs.
4. Bake some cookies from scratch with your kids or with friends. Use fun cookie cutters, frosting etc. Make it fun, then add those to your Easter decor. They are an edible, Eco friendly way of making your house Easter ready or a great filler for an Easter basket.
5. Eco friendly clothing is also a great addition to a green Easter basket. For the younger kids check out Green as Wee Grow on line store at http://www.greenasweegrow.com/home.php
For the older kids check out http://www.greenedgekids.com/
6. Chocolate, what Easter basket is complete without chocolate? Why not try to find fair trade chocolate, and stick to one or two large pieces. Fair trade chocolate is socially aware and sticking to a few big pieces cuts down on packaging. Another type of Eco chocolate would be part of the rain forest alliance. Check out these sites for chocolate ordering
http://www.divinechocolateusa.com/default.aspx Fair trade Chocolate
http://sjaaks.com/home Organic & Fair trade chocolate
http://www.taraluna.com/main_Chocolate.htm fair trade, organic & has vegan chocolate.
These are just a few of the many shops available out there with earth & human friendly chocolates
There are a lot of other things that you can do to make this easter more Eco friendly for you and your family, I would love to hear some of your ideas as well. Also I would love to see pictures of your Eco friendly Easter baskets after the holiday. Please send me pictures of your finished products and I will post them!!
Thank you and enjoy the Spring!