Easter, if you celebrate it, is a holiday filled with delicious candy, joyous egg hunts, unsettling bunny costumes, and lots and lots of PLASTIC. Plastic baskets, plastic grass, plastic eggs, and plastic toys. It’s so easy to indulge in all of these fun holiday traditions without really thinking about where all the plastic ends up, but we can continue to enjoy the festivities while also keeping mother nature in mind and doing what we can to minimize pollution. It’s all about reusing, reducing, and DIY-ing!
Sure, colorful woven plastic baskets are fun, cute, and usually pretty cheap, but they are so unnecessary! You definitely have some mixing bowls, storage containers, or gift bags that would work just as great as plastic Easter baskets. Think about all of the advantages; you won’t have to use precious storage space for giant baskets, you can save money by using containers that you already have, and it is definitely easier to hide baskets that don’t have super long handles on them, am I right? So, since we aren’t supposed to be leaving our homes for nonessential reasons (and I think we can all agree that Easter baskets are not essential), let’s start using household items for Easter decor and do our part to decrease plastic usage!
Plastic grass packaged in plastic bags, neither of which are easily recycled and both of which will probably end up inside some poor sea creature’s stomach. Sure it’s easy, cheap, and pretty but there are easier, cheaper, and prettier ways to decorate an Easter basket (or mixing bowl). You know all those old newspapers piled up in your basement that you probably got for free with all of your other junk mail? Shred those babies up using either a shredder, a pair of scissors, or just your hands and voila! Modern Easter grass. Obviously old newspapers don't really check the “pretty” box for everyone, so maybe use some tissue paper, wrapping paper, or coloring book pages, get creative! Any paper product will work, and it’s much better for the environment. If you want to take it one step further you could even use, wait for it, real grass! Obviously the best thing for mother nature would of course be to not use anything at all, but traditions are an important thing to a lot of people so we’ll start by choosing paper over plastic.
I know, I know, finding chocolate gold coins and starburst jelly beans inside plastic Easter eggs is a nostalgic and seemingly necessary part of the holiday for most people. Here’s an alternative idea: buy some food-safe dye and use actual eggs that you can eat later! You can still hide real eggs (maybe hard boil them first to minimize the risk of a huge mess and don’t leave them unrefrigerated for too long) and think of all the delicious egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, and cobb salads you will be able to enjoy!
It's easy to sit here and write about how to sacrifice the usual holiday traditions to help out mother earth without actually doing it, but I always enjoy a good follow-through so I decided to follow my own advice on this one! I literally put together three Eco-Friendly Easter baskets: one for me, one for my husband, and one for our roommate, all of which are pictured below (shh, don't tell them!). I used mixing bowls for the baskets, I dug through our shredder for paper scraps to use as grass, and we evidently have not dyed any eggs yet. Now these are clearly adult Easter baskets, so I would recommend replacing the champagne for something slightly more kid-oriented if you are making these for your little ones (who says Easter baskets are only for kids). On that note, I would absolutely love to see your version of an Eco-Friendly Easter basket! Please send them to me on Facebook afterrsummer or Instagram @afterrsummer and I will definitely share!
Autumn is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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