15 - 2011

10 Affordable, Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas

Easter is around the corner, and the aisles of grocery and discount stores are filling up with plastic baskets and plastic grass.

Myscha Therault at Wise Bread recently posted a list of 5 Affordable, Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas:

Looking for ways to celebrate an eco-friendly Easter this year? Easter ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s finding ones that won’t wreak havoc on the environment that’s the problem. From egg decorating to candy selection, here are my top picks for eco-friendly Easter ideas that will keep your holiday firmly in the green zone.

Her post spurred my own ideas about keeping Easter greener, too. After you’ve read Myscha’s five ideas, see my five below:

  1. Re-use. This might go without saying, but try to avoid buying a new Easter basket each year. We return baskets to my daughter’s grandmothers so that they can re-use the same baskets. Some of these traditions stretch way back — my daughter’s first Easter, we took pictures of her in the basket from my husband’s childhood (that’s her, squalling in the photo — and we are still using those plastic Easter eggs today, 10 years later!).
  2. Focus on the fun. Instead of giving tons of candy or giant, pre-packed gift baskets, focus on the fun of getting family together and hunting for eggs. My mom remembers hiding and re-hiding eggs for hours on the Easters of  her childhood. In my own youth, we sometimes had to hide eggs inside (Colorado has unpredictable spring weather!). When I see the wall clock at my mom’s house, I always remember the egg my parents used to hide on top of it.
  3. Build fun traditions. Again, my family had a lot of fun with Easter — the Easter bunny often left us a stuffed animal (a passion for me and my sister), and one year the Easter Bunny left a detailed letter about which of his relatives our stuffed rabbits resembled. We knew it was really him because of the tooth marks on the pencil.
  4. Don’t (necessarily) splurge on the trappings. Face it … your kid might wear the new Easter outfit for just a couple of hours — or not get to wear it at all (see: unpredictable spring weather). Scout out thrift or consignment stores for holiday clothes at a fraction of the price.
  5. Choose lasting gifts. We have a tradition of rolling up some new spring clothes in my daughter’s Easter basket. One year it was bright capri pants; when she was little it was floral knit dresses that she loved; one year it was a Hanna Andersson ensemble procured for a song on eBay. Whether bought new or used, cheap or upscale, they’ve always been bright, in like-new condition, and a great way to welcome spring.

How do you celebrate an environmentally friendly Easter?

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