A holiday that was meant for a more meaningful purpose has been hijacked by corporations and marketing. Our consumerist mindsets have been tapped into telling us to purchase, purchase, purchase. And because we do just that, we produce an alarming amount of waste.
It’s incredibly hard to find the exact figure on how much waste is generated during Easter, but from seeing how much we spend, we can get a pretty good idea of how much is going to the landfill. The good news is, there are ways we can minimize our holiday waste and not deprive ourselves or our children of a fun Easter holiday.
How to Have a Zero Waste Easter
Look For Alternatives to Plastic Eggs
- Fillable Wooden Eggs
- Fillable Cloth Eggs
- Skip the eggs all together – my parents would sometimes just hide the candy throughout the house.
- Or if you’d rather have plastic fillable eggs and those are easier to obtain, look for them second hand or ask friends and family if they have any to spare.
Fill Eggs with Package Free Goodies
There are so many things that can be put inside Easter eggs that aren’t wrapped candies. Get creative and share in the comments what your go-to low waste treats are!
Related: DIY Recycled Crayons
Avoid Plastic Wrapped, Pre-packaged Easter Baskets
Related: 25 Zero Waste Easter Basket Ideas
- Homemade baked goods or package free baked goods from a local bakery
- Homemade candy
- Handmade toys from fabric scraps – I made little scrap fabric bunnies for my cousins last year
- Sidewalk chalk in recyclable packaging
- Make crayons from the remnants of other crayons by using a silicone mold
- Secondhand clothing that is needed for spring or summer
- Seeds for family fun planting in the garden
- Wooden toys
- Experience gift
Skip the Plastic Easter Grass
- Ripped up paper from the recycle bins
- Grow real grass in your basket or bucket
- Use secondhand clothing gifts
- My mom started using hand towels after we decided the grass was too much hassle
Use Local Eggs
|Source: Home Talk|