Saturday, April 8, 2017

Eco-Friendly Easter

This post was updated on March 12, 2018.

It's hard not to love Easter with the gorgeous Spring weather, the bright colors, the food, and of course spending time with family. Ever since having kids, I've become much more aware of the choices I make and the products I bring into our home, especially when it comes to gifts. Keeping things as safe and eco-friendly as possible has become a top priority, and I'd love to share some tips for ways you and your family can also have an eco-friendly Easter!

Things to buy in advance to make Easter more colorful:

1. Eco-Kids Eco-Eggs Coloring Kit - This would actually be great to buy BEFORE the basket gifts. You can use this eco-friendly kit to dye your eggs in advance of the big day. It's fun for the kids and made of all natural ingredients so your colored eggs will still be safe to eat. It also includes a grass growing kit inside so the fun can last long after the eggs are found! If that one is sold out, this is another great natural egg dye option: Natural Egg Dye Kit

2. Compostable Plastic Easter Eggs. Made in USA. Made from plant materials. - These would make a great addition to any eco-friendly egg hunt. Eco eggs are made in the USA from plants, 100% renewable content, and are fully compostable after use. They are made from non-toxic, durable plastic and have a tight snapping closure. They come in 5 assorted colors: pink, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Eco eggs can be stored and reused for many Easters. After use, dispose of eggs in industrial compost.

3. Plant some bulbs! This late in the game you'll probably have to run to your local garden store and buy some bulbs that are already blooming. We recently added daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth to our back yard and I'm loving the pop of color after a long, gray winter. If you want to plan ahead for next year, these bulbs can be planted in the Fall to bloom in the Spring: Tulips - 25 Bulbs - Colorful Mix 

Fun Ideas for the Easter Basket 

Seems lately the candy has become a staple filler for Easter baskets. How about some fun, eco-friendly basket fillers that don't involved sugary sweets? We've sorted this section by "baby" and "ALL kids" because we realize there's a big difference. But, many of these items could easily overlap.

For Baby:

1. CLOTH DIAPERS!! Of course I would lead off with this. ;) What could be more eco-friendly and useful than adding a couple more adorable cloth diapers to your baby's stash? I admit, my kids all got cloth diapers for their birthday, Christmas, and Easter when they were little. Pretty much any time I had an excuse to buy them a cute gift, this was my go-to! And why not? They love the cute colors and prints, they get a lot of use out of them, and they don't really need a bunch of toys anyways. There are so many cute colors and prints out right now that would be the perfect addition to any Easter basket.

2. If your baby is too young to really remember what was in her basket, why not go with something YOU can use to save time?  Might we suggest the Spray Pal and Cloth Diaper Sprayer Bundle? It's an investment you won't regret, and with all the time you save spraying off cloth diapers, you can spend even more quality time playing with your little one. That's the TRUE gift here. ;)

For ALL Kids:

1. SWIM GEAR - Summer is just around the corner, so I usually throw some useful swim gear that needs replacing into the kids' baskets. Here are some of my "go to" items:
2. GARDENING TOOLS - More fun gear to get you and your kids outside and closer to nature. We love planting a vegetable garden in the Spring, and my daughter loves having her own set of tools to help with: Children's Garden Tool Set You can even add some of the bulbs from the link above to their basket and plant them together!

3. Fun Outdoor Equipment (click "Little Tykes" for the best kid-friendly options) - Now that Spring is here and the weather is gorgeous, what better time to get outside and play! Maybe the Easter Bunny wants to bring a new swing for baby, or a new slide for your toddler. Of course, these items won't actually fit IN the basket, but they'd be a fun discovery during the egg hunt! The link above goes to Amazon Warehouse Deals so the Easter Bunny can save some carrots, too. ;)

4. If you REALLY want to hold on to the candy tradition, Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans are a great, organic option. And who doesn't love jelly beans on Easter?

We hope this list has inspired you and saved you a little planning time this year. Be sure to share any other eco-friendly Easter ideas we may have missed in the comments below! Happy Spring! :)

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