As consumers, we throw away a lot of packaging every day. With all of the greeting cards, wrapping paper and plastics used during Easter, I feel like there is a better way. Furthermore, there are many products made from recycled materials and through sustainable methods. This year, consider using at least one of these sustainable Easter basket ideas.
Plastic Easter grass is pretty. However, it can easily be replicated with shredded paper. Take fliers, old wrapping paper and any paper good and cut it into narrow strips. Standard paper can go through a shredder.
A reusable water bottle is a cute gift. SIGG water bottles come in a variety of colors and the liners are BPA-free. There are plenty of adorable ones for the kids too.
Fair Trade Gifts
I’m a big fan of fair trade products. From coffee to chocolate, there is often a fair trade version. Fair trade helps people work in better conditions and receive a better wage. In general, it can help improve a community way of life. Green and Black’s is one of my favorite fair trade chocolate companies. Mama Ganache has some great chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs for the occasion.
From journals to jewelry, there are plenty of recycled gifts out there. Ecosystem journals allows you to build the perfect journal for your gift recipient. You can choose lined, unlined or grid paper along with the type and color of your cover. For a special gift, you might consider some beautiful jewelry made from recycled glass.
If you are short on cash but want to give someone a lovely gift, you might upcycle something you already own. For instance, paint a picture frame a eye-popping pastel color and put a black and white photo inside. Mason jars can easily be turned into candle holders and an old floral skirt can be upcycled into kitchen hand towel. For kids, take broken crayon bits and put them into an oven safe floral silicone mold for some cute shaped crayons.
I think the best way to be sustainable is to use the same basket year after year. I do this with my children and it saves me money. In addition, I don’t have an excess of baskets. You can also put an Easter gift in bags made from recycled content like these Blue Q Small reusable gift bags.
Going green for Easter is easier than you think!
More from Melissa:
Easy DIY Home Decor Crafts for Easter
Themed Easter Basket Ideas for Adults
The Historical Significance of Easter