April 11, 2014

Greening the Easter Baskets: Fresh & Fun Ideas.

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The Easter Bunny is getting ready and is calling everyone to help him go green this year!

There are so many eco and healthy treats to make baskets fun and delicious so here are a few ideas on how you can make the greenest baskets ever!
  • Opt out of buying cheap, disposable, plastic baskets. Not only are they not green and they fill up the landfills with junk, they are petroleum based and toxic. Buy a nice basket that can be re-used again and again either from a fair trade organization, arts and crafts fair or even thrift store!
  • Don’t waste eggs, get creative with paper mache eggs, paintable ceramic eggs or find eco-eggs made from corn to hide treats in.
  • Paint wooden or ceramic eggs. A night out at a place like Color Me Mine is a great alternative to dying eggs at home. No real eggs and no mess! Put them out later for your egg hunt and use them year after year.
  • Buy vegan, local and fair trade candies to build the healthiest and most eco-friendly Easter basket ever!
  • Look for paper basket grass as opposed to the plastic kind. This “green” paper kind can be used year round for other gifts, packing materials, etc.
  • Bake vegan easter cakes in egg and bunny shaped molds. These are great in gift baskets, are healthier and cheaper than ordering stuff online that requires shipping.
  • Give children great illustration heavy books like pop-ups instead of toys they will grow out of an create more waste. Books nourish their minds and create wonderful memories.
  • Skip the candy and give creative gifts this year. Re-use a basket by covering it in left over, festive fabric. Fill basket with paints and crayons, small sketch books, stickers and blank t-shirts or socks to personalize.
  • Add some seed packets and celebrate spring with a new garden!

Check out some of my faves for kids and adults alike!

Chocolate, Candies and Treats

Baskets and Fillers

  • Etsy—For handmade, unique Easter gifts, this is THE place! From crochet eggs to sweet soaps, you can fill up a basket with tons of eco, vegan goodies!
  • Fair Trade USA—Find beautiful, one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts and baskets that are green and help people around the world
  • Heart of Haiti—A great product line of handmade, artisan gifts and crafts (gorgeous handmade baskets!) that help families and micro-preneurs in Haiti
  • Easter bunny crayons—So cute!
  • Eco Art Card Set—Eco and creative, the best combo for young minds!
  • Rabbit Needle felting Kit—Keep your kids happy and busy by gifting them a kit to create their own eco doll!
  • Eco Sidewalk chalk—Green fun!

Here’s “hopping” you have a great Easter!


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