This is my first time putting together an Easter basket! Last year I totally failed and didn’t things done in time, so this year we are making it up to V. I wanted to incorporate some eco-friendly Easter basket ideas to minimize waste we create this year. While I am not done with her basket, I wanted to share some ways I found to cut back on waste and be more intentional with my Easter spending. Our basket isn’t going to be 100 percent green but I think we have a good start on making changes.
- Buy mostly (or only) Easter eggs made of recycled materials. V loves to put things in containers, so I know she will continue to play with the eggs after Easter. I can also store them and reuse them next year.
- Include toys made of recycled materials that are made in the U.S. I found Eco Toys bath toys online and decided to replace her discarded bath toys with them instead.
- Purchase board books. Because we are going to have another kiddo, we know any board books we purchase will be put to good use for years to come. I find that board books hold up well and V loves her story time.
- Gift items or toys that you will use often and will last. We decided to buy wireless headphones for when we travel and she watches her tablet. To us this was a way to be more intentional vs. just buying whatever toys we randomly find in a store.
- Use tissue paper or shredded paper you already have for the Easter basket grass. This is what I had planned to do, but G later also bought some paper Easter basket grass. I plan to reuse this as shipping or gifting material afterward. If you have to choose between paper and plastic, paper would be the way to go. You can also find recycled paper grass online.
Is it important to you to reduce waste in your household? Are you intentional with your purchases?
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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