To start with, if you replace your child’s Easter basket every year, you should invest in just one basket that will be reused every year. Getting a new basket (or bucket or other container) is incredibly wasteful. Do both Planet Earth and your wallet a favor and buy just one that will last for several years.
Next, don’t stuff that basket full of fake plastic grass!!! Use shredded paper, raffia, or fabric. Even better, skip the padding entirely, as it just takes up valuable real estate that could be better filled with goodies.
When you dye your eggs, skip the dye kits. For instructions using just food color and vinegar, click here. For instructions using foods and other natural ingredients, click here. (Recycla’s family does not dye eggs at all — they’ve always hated the waste of perfectly good eggs — so she cannot vouch for the accuracy of these directions.)
As for the goodies that the Easter Bunny brings, Recycla is not a big fan of baskets that are filled solely with chocolate and candy, nor does she think that Easter should be Christmas 2.0. The Easter Bunny puts some candy in Recycla’s daughters’ baskets and then adds a few other little gifts, such as a book for each girl, fun pencils, stickers, and so forth. In the past, the Easter Bunny has also brought fun socks, flower seeds, water bottles, and other assorted non-disposable items. None of this stuff is cheap plastic crapola that will end up in landfills within a few weeks. The Easter Bunny who visits Recycla’s house is a VERY eco bunny who hops lightly on Planet Earth.
Recycla is going to confess that the Easter Bunny does not put only organic treats in the girls’ baskets. Normally, there will be some Fair Trade and organic chocolate items, but there are also a few conventional candies that Recycla’s daughters expect in their Easter baskets — skipping the Jelly Bellies would mean tears on Easter morning. This year, however, things will be a little different, as the family is going abroad for spring break, so it’s likely that the Easter Bunny will sneak home some French and British goodies for the girls.
Finally, how many of you buy those plastic eggs to fill with treats every year? Whether or not you use them is your personal choice; however, if they do appear in your children’s baskets, don’t throw them away when Easter is over! Instead, store them with your nice-quality Easter baskets until next year when you’ll reuse them. And, when the time comes that the Easter Bunny stops visiting your house, you can always pass the eggs on to someone who can use them.
Those are Recycla’s tips for making this your most eco Easter ever. What other ideas do you have?
Photo credits: MarthaStewart.com.