If you celebrate Easter and have some last-minute shopping to do, here are some tips for keeping your Easter basket eco-friendly!
- Make sure you choose your Easter chocolate wisely! For many, chocolate eggs or bunnies are an essential part of the Easter holiday. If this is true for you, make try to pick fair trade, organic, or local chocolates.
- Don’t buy a new Easter basket every year! Reuse your baskets from year to year to help the environment and save some money. There’s no point in replacing something that gets so little wear to begin with! If you have to go out and buy a basket, look for used ones or sustainable ones.
- Instead of buying plastic Easter grass to line your basket, make your own! Cut or shred recycled paper into strips, or use alternatives like wrapping paper or tissue paper scraps.
- Use local, free-range eggs and natural, organic dye for your Easter eggs. If the organic dye is too expensive, you can make your own using common ingredients like spinach, beets, turmeric, paprika, blueberries, and red cabbage.
- If you don’t eat eggs, but still want to hide something for your children to find, hide chocolate eggs. If you still want to use plastic, make sure you buy sturdy ones that you can reuse year after year.
What are your tips for a sustainable Easter basket?
For more ideas:
- Green Living: 5 Tips for a Greener Easter
- Green Your Easter: Tips for a more sustainable celebration
- Going Green for Easter
- Readers Respond: Green Easter Tips from Readers
- 10 Fair Trade, Organic, and Vegan Sources for Easter Chocolate