Easter is well known to be a day filled with brunches, spring flowers and warmer weather. It also a day that is filled with plastic, plastic and more plastic. Everything from the Easter egg hunts, to the baskets usually contain a crazy amount of waste. If you are looking to have a “greener” Easter this year, we have come up with some tips to help you out!
Easter baskets are traditionally filled with tons of new toys, candy and games. Recently, pre-packaged baskets (like the one in the picture on the right) have become more popular. With this option comes a lot of excessive plastic. This year, try creating your own basket with these tips:
- Look for a basket or some sort of container that you already have on hand at home. If you do want to buy a new basket, try and make sure it is made out of a natural-non glossy wood fiber that will compost.
- SKIP the plastic grass! There are so many alternatives. Whether it is using shredded paper, left over yarn, or even a blanket or clothing gift in the basket.
- Avoid the pre-packaged plastic items. Try and look for goodies that are not packaged, such as goodies from the local bakery, homemade candy, and wooden toys.
- For the chocolate bunny, look for an option that is wrapped in a tin packaging. Avoid those that are wrapped in plastic, or heavily coated cardboard that is not easily recycled. There are quite a few of these options in stores.
THE EGG HUNT:
As a kid, I remember plastic eggs filled with jelly beans (that came in plastic bags) or tiny little plastic toys that I never really used. Here are some “greener” options if you plan to do a hunt at your house this year:
- If you already have plastic eggs, you may as well re-use them until they break or fall apart. If you are looking to buy something new, try wooden eggs like these from Etsy! It could also be a fun craft for your kids to be able to decorate the eggs.
- If you do not have time for the decorating aspect, there are also Eco Eggs. These eggs are made from plants and are fully compostable once they can no longer be used.
- To fill the eggs, try to use candy from the bulk section of your local co-op, money, or other small gifts like handmade jewelry.
Many households buy white eggs (sometimes packaged in styrofoam..yikes!) from the grocery store, and dyeing kits that are filled with plastic stickers, egg holders and plastic-packaged coloring tablets. This year try a more natural approach with your egg dyeing festivities.
- Use cage-free organic brown eggs, in recyclable packaging, or eggs from a local farmer. Brown eggs can be dyed too!
- Dye your eggs with natural spices and ingredients that you can get at your local co-op. The image to the right show just some of the options. You can also use beets, blueberries and tea.
These are just a few of the changes you can make to have a greener holiday season. Hopefully these tips help you to minimize some of your waste and to have a very happy Easter!