Processed wicker baskets make for a pretty presentation, but isn't very good for the environment. Scoop up handmade wooden baskets, give old baskets a new coat of paint, or sew fabric baskets that can be used for years to come. You can even opt for containers that can serve up Easter goodies and then provide other uses year round, such as a sand pail or fabric storage basket, to get more mileage from your Easter basket.
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Shred colorful paper headed for the recycle box for a festive, green alternative to traditional plastic Easter basket grass. You can also line your baskets with gifts that follow a theme, such as rolled-up washcloths for a newborn Easter basket or vibrant socks for your little princess. Or, fill with real grass and marvel in the results!
Easter wouldn't be the same without chocolate, so treat your family with organic chocolate bunnies, truffles, and other sweet treats from companies such as Compartes Chocolatier. "Here at Compartes Chocolatier, we believe that using organic ingredients is always the way to go," says Jonathan Grahm, Compartes Chocolatier. "We make our chocolates using organic chocolate, cream, butter and fresh fruits and spices from the local farmers markets; and some that we even grow on our patio out front!" Vegan jelly beans and Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks make yummy Easter basket surprises as well.
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Environmentally-friendly ideas for Easter basket wraps will make cellophane of years past lose its luster. Wrap Easter baskets and presents with reusable blankets, t-shirts that double as a gift, or colorful Easter ads ready for recycling.
Even the White House is making the annual Easter Egg Roll more green this year, going with eggs and packaging designed to minimize environmental impact and waste. You can also hide colorful polished stones, knitted eggs, or felted eggs that can be used year after year.
Take your green Easter efforts beyond the basket and serve up an organic Easter dinner. Or, celebrate Easter outdoors by planting an Easter garden with your family and starting a compost bin with your Easter dinner leftovers. You can also adopt a bunny in honor of Easter, which can provide great organic fertilizer for your new garden.
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