Five quick tips for an eco-Easter

Easter seems like one of those holidays that should by its very nature, be green. But seeing as this is the biggest holiday for candy after Halloween, and millions of plastic eggs and baskets are shipped thousands of miles to reach the U.S., it's not. Yet turning Easter eco-friendly is easier than pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

Here's how:

  • Rather than buying new, hunt around your home for alternatives to conventional baskets. Use your imagination. How about a purse, cloth bag or decorated box to which you add a handle? Or if you're into simple crafts, make the sweet basket below from scraps in a half hour.  
  • When it comes to lining the basket, no plastic grass. If you have time, grow real grass or better yet, wheat grass which, after the holiday, can be juiced if you like. Or try a green scarf or handkerchief, raffia, strips of green cloth, shredded paper (junk mail can make a colorful mix), or even organic nori (green seaweed available in sheets).
  • If you already have a supply of plastic eggs and want to reuse them, that's fine. Otherwise, either put wrapped organic candies directly into the basket or use small cardboard containers of any shape. 
     
  • Choose organic candy. This year, there is plenty available, if not in your local natural foods market, then online.

    A few choices:

  1. All natural Hoppy Treats in dark and milk chocolate from Endangered Species.
  2. Organic, Fair Trade set of chocolate bunnies from Natural Candy Store. (Dark chocolate available).
  3. Organic, fair trade chocolate “lollipop” from Xocolaterre
  4. Organic jelly beans from Natural Candy Store
  5. Organic, fair trade caramel filled chocolates from Sjaak’s
  6. Organic sour gummy worms from Natural Candy Store
  7. Organic lollipops and “rocks” from Pure Fun

 

  • Avoid stocking the basket with cheap toys that will lose their luster before the day is over. Instead, consider purchasing good quality, sustainable items that can be passed down when your child tires of playing with them.

    Some suggestions:
     

    1.  Sustainably sourced sheep from Anamalz
    2. Fair Trade, lead-free wooden bunny pencil sharpener from Global Exchange
    3. Wooden spinning tops from Willow Tree Toys
    4. Water warbler from Nova Natural
    5. Wooden play eggs from Nova Natural
    6. Felt rabbit from A Toy Garden
    7. Fair trade egg shaker from Down to Earth Toys

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are a mother-daughter team and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at www.CelebrateGreen.net.

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