Every year, the Easter Bunny delivers pretty baskets filled with tasty treats like malted milk balls, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and of course, those sticky sweet ever popular Peeps. And I confess, I have fond memories of my big plastic multi-colored basket with it’s green plastic grass where I’d search for days for every last jellybean. O.k……..so, another confession……..the Easter bunny still visits my house. Only now, I’ve found a way to be Green about it. Here’s a few tips to help you ( and the bunny) Green your Easter basket:
Invest in baskets that can be repurposed throughout the year. Natural basket made of twigs, straw or driftwood are great options. You can make one yourself or buy from a flower shop or better yet, a thrift store.
Decorate the basket with pretty ribbon or felt. I used pink & white ribbon around my basket handle to give it spring look. I used the same basket for Christmas changing the ribbon to red and green.
Instead of plastic grass, try using shredded paper or line your basket with green felt. Of course, if you have plastic grass left over from last year, using it is better than throwing it away. Just don’t buy new plastic grass.
When buying chocolate, look for products that are marked as “Fair Trade Certified”. These products meet social, economic and environmental criteria regarding the production and trade of an agricultural product. In general terms what that means is, these products were made in a sustainable way that doesn’t harm the environment, supports farming families and supports fair wages & labor conditions. It’s a little more costly but well worth the price.
Finally, I have to mention the little fuzzy friends that seem to be a popular Easter gift, the baby chick. Unless the recipient lives on a farm please don’t buy them a live chic. I know they’re cute and fuzzy and fun for oh……about 10 minuets, but honestly, kids get bored with them and then what? You can’t let it out into the wild. And you don’t want them to become a play toy for a cat or dog. If your little one REALLY wants to pet a baby chic, take them to a petting zoo instead.
Have a Happy Easter!