Easter candy. Easter baskets. Easter eggs. Easter dresses and bonnets. After a long, cold winter, this first holiday of spring is a welcome visitor we all get excited about. Too bad our planet can’t enjoy Easter as much as we do. That’s because this global holiday leaves a huge bunny print all across the earth. This year, let’s all give two paws up for an ecologically friendly holiday.
The Real Impact Of Easter
The truth is, those chocolate eggs and other goodies are doing damage to more than just our waistlines and teeth. In fact, one researcher in the UK found that for the average Easter treat, a full 62% was packaging. That’s a big environmental impact for one candy.
And that’s just the packaging. What about the plastic “grass” we line the basket with? The pets in your house will thank you if you dispense with the fake grass, because it’s a known danger for their tummies. What’s more, you won’t be adding to that giant floating island of plastic that’s been growing in the Pacific for decades.
Of course, we also have to consider the basket itself. There was a time when we used real baskets made of natural materials, and probably reused the same basket year after year. Today, though, you’re more likely to find a brightly colored plastic shell that is tossed when its contents are gone.
Leave A Smaller Bunny Print On Easter Morning
You don’t have to give up on Easter to lessen your impact on the environment. Eco-friendly (and kid-approved) treats in a reusable basket are just the thing to put a smile on everyone’s face come Easter morning, and help protect our precious resources, too.
Start with a pretty basket that’s made from natural materials. This adorable felt basket is reusable and features a cute baby chick with hand-embroidered features. His bright yellow coloring is just right for saying hello to spring.
Arts and crafts supplies, books and plush toys all make great additions to any Easter basket. They’ll last longer than candy, too, so the kids will still be enjoying their gifts after the jelly beans and chocolate eggs are gone.
Of course, Easter just won’t be the same without at least a few sweet treats in the basket. These chocolate-covered sunflower seeds in their carrot-shaped dispenser are a healthier alternative to traditional candy and snacks. For just plain fun, add an assortment of Bubble Gum Crayons. Long after the gum is gone, they’ll still be creating artwork with the real crayons that top the container.
Before you stuff that basket with sugary snacks and hazardous plastic packaging, why not start a new tradition with an eco Easter basket? Your kids will love the long-lasting gifts, and you’ll feel better because you’re not contributing to the ongoing environmental crisis. And at Easter — traditionally a time of rebirth — there’s no better message to send.