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
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.
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.
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 a handcarved wooden egg box from Kenya. Your purchase will help support a village.
Reuse plastic eggs from last year. If it’s already in your possession, it’s not wasteful, it’s repurposing.
The Chocolate Bunny
If you’ve got the time, you could try making your own chocolate Easter bunnies for the kids’ baskets. I’ve tried this healthier version and it’s delicious. 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.
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?
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
12 to 24 months
2 to 4 years
5 to 7 years
8 to 10 years
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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?