How to Put Together an Eco-friendly Easter Basket

Easter baskets are an essential and well-anticipated family tradition for many. The weeks leading up to this holiday are often spent purchasing an assortment of trinkets and treats that will light up a child’s face on Easter morning. Over the course of the last month, however, the sudden outbreak of the Coronavirus has made traditional basket shopping a bit of a struggle. Let me tell you how to put together an eco-friendly Easter basket while social distancing.

The Components of an Eco-friendly Easter Basket

The Basket

Reuse your own. How many of us have baskets of some sort lying around? Any of those brown wicker baskets would be perfect. If you feel the need for a bit more flair, simply wrap some ribbon around the rim or the handle and tie it into a bow.

Use your kids’ beach pails. Those treasured buckets that contributed to hours of sand castle making, will double nicely as a receptacle for Easter bunny goodies. If you don’t have a pail, look around, I’m sure you will find something that looks similar to a basket.

Sew your own using this simple version made from felt.

Grass options for an eco-friendly Easter basket

The Grass

Grow your own. If this is the route you choose, you’d better get started!

Shred your own paper. It’s a great way to repurpose materials such as used wrapping paper, magazines, etc.

Line your basket with play silks. They can also be used as a fun gift for the littles!

Pine needles make a great natural lining as well, if you have access to them.

Egg options for an eco-friendly Easter basket

The Eggs

Continue the tradition of dying hard-boiled eggs with the kids, but try using more natural sources of color instead.

Go for unique and opt for handcarved wooden eggs!

Reuse plastic eggs from last year. If it’s already in your possession, it’s not wasteful, it’s repurposing.

Chocolate bunny options for an eco-friendly Easter basket

The Chocolate Bunny

If you’ve got the time, you could try making your own chocolate Easter bunnies for the kids’ baskets. Etsy has a variety of stainless steel and silicone molds to use.

Or try your hand at some of these darling bunny covers for fruit. Especially suitable if you have a kid who is allergic to chocolate.

Candy options for an eco-friendly Easter basket

The Jelly Beans

The Natural Candy Store sells an array of delightful and decadent Easter treats that are even organic. Order your chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs and jelly beans now.

As a sweet alternative, you could make some of this amazing homemade fruit leather. How could you go wrong with that?

toy options for an eco-friendly Easter basket

The Toys

Earth Hero is an online store that covers most of your zero waste shopping needs. Right now you can also find a lot of toys and gifts that are perfect for stuffing those baskets! You can even get 10% off by using my code, gogreenmamas.

Following are some ideas for every age group.

0 to 12 months

organic cotton Easter-themed onesies

non-toxic teething toys

12 to 24 months

egg-shaped maracas

homemade bubble blow

organic summer pjs

2 to 4 years

veggie-based sidewalk chalk

homemade playdough

personalized memory game

5 to 7 years

gardening tools

homemade Easter-themed sugar cookies


8 to 10 years

yard games

tatted lace handmade bookmarks

non-toxic nail polish

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Now, what are some of the eco-friendly components that you are including in your children’s Easter baskets this year?

Eco-friendly Easter basket ideas


  1. This is such an excellent list of tips to keep Easter baskets eco friendly. I’m a bit embarrassed I didn’t think of rescuing baskets or shredding my own paper before now. Thank you.

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