Recycla knows that most of you are probably still focused on the fact that it’s only mid-March — and that St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend — but for those folks with children, you might want to be aware that Easter is a little over three weeks away. If you’re thinking that the Easter Bunny is going to stop by your house and fill a basket or two, it’s time to do a little planning.
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) every year is a wasteful. Do both Planet Earth and your wallet a favor and buy just one that will last for several years. If storage is an issue, get a cute tote that can be folded flat when not in use.
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 and go natural instead. Recycla’s family never established a tradition of dyeing eggs, so this isn’t something she knows much about; however, Enviro Girl’s family does, so she is going to post about dyeing eggs naturally in the near future.
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, because kids don’t really need that much candy. She also doesn’t think that Easter should be Christmas 2.0 — this is not a gift-giving occasion. In Recycla’s house, the Easter Bunny puts some candy in her daughters’ baskets and then adds a few other little items, such as pencils or other art supplies, a pair of fun socks, a packet of flower seeds, and so forth.
What doesn’t go into the Easter baskets is cheap plastic crapola that will end up in landfills within a few weeks. In fact, the Easter Bunny makes a point to avoid plastic as much as possible. The Easter Bunny who visits Recycla’s house is a VERY eco bunny who hops lightly on Planet Earth.
And then there’s the good stuff — the candy.
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 and Peeps would mean tears on Easter morning, so Recycla grits her teeth and reminds herself that kids are kids and they deserve a few disgustingly sweet treats on occasion.
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 Easter baskets until next year when you’ll reuse them. When not being used to hold jelly beans, plastic eggs are actually a good size for packing mini-treats and snacks in kids’ lunches or for family outings. 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?