by Eileen Weber
This morning at some ungodly hour, my three daughters burst into our bedroom with lots of chatter and more energy than anyone should legally possess. The Easter Bunny had arrived. They were sure of it.
Flopping down the stairs in my flannel jammies, fuzzy slippers, and a sleep mask perched above my weary eyebrows, I followed my progeny into the living room where the infamous rabbit had left baskets of goodies.
Upon opening said baskets, it occurred to me the amount of waste and plastic involved. The Easter Bunny needs to hop on the eco-friendly bandwagon. The baskets were covered in plastic wrapping. There was enough excess cardboard and tape inside you could gift-wrap a Lexus with it. There was only slightly less garbage than Christmas, for Pete’s sake.
There are plenty of people who agree with that statement. “Easter is yet another plastic crap-filled holiday,” said Lisa Sharp on April 1st in her Retro Housewife Goes Green blog. “Plastic baskets, plastic eggs, plastic grass, candy wrapped in plastic, the list goes on and on.”
Indeed, the list does go on and on. So what’s the best way to have a green Easter? With a little help from Google, there are web sites galore that will tell you how to make your own baskets. You can use recycled materials like cartons, strawberry containers, and cardboard boxes.
You can even decorate them yourself. Feeling a little crafty? Get out some construction paper, a little glue and maybe some glitter and you’ve got yourself a nifty little number your kids will love. If you’re really ambitious, you could try decoupage. Or, like me, you could just think about doing decoupage and hope your kids remember that it’s the thought that counts.
But when we’re talking about Easter, you can’t forget the chocolate. Easter is equated with the confection almost as much as Halloween. Fortunately, there are a number of options with organic and fair trade chocolate. For chocolate bars, Dagoba and Green & Black’s always fit the bill. But for something a little more handmade, check out Coco-Zen for their handmade truffles. Or, try Kate’s Caring Gifts which feature vegan chocolate Easter baskets. For a more comprehensive list, go to Chocolate.com for tasty offerings from hand-dipped candies to chocolate-covered anything.
So next year, when the Easter Bunny comes to our house, he’s going to be a lot greener than he was this year.