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Because You Asked: How Can I Create an Eco-Friendly Easter Basket?

Written by Recyclebank .

A little creativity and craftiness can cut out the waste from your Easter basket.


Dear Recyclebank,

I’m putting together an Easter basket for my 6- and 8-year-olds. How can I make it green?

-Katie G., Jacksonville, FL

Dear Katie,

Putting together an eco-friendly Easter basket requires a little extra effort, but results in a personalized creation that can be more meaningful while reducing waste. We’ve got a few ideas, beginning with the basket — which doesn’t even have to be a basket.

You can use repurpose many different kinds of containers on hand. A cardboard box, mixing bowl, flower pot, and more can be dressed up and recycled or returned to their original use after the holiday. The grocery store or farmers’ market is another place that can supply actual baskets: peaches sometimes come in wooden baskets that need little work to be Easter-ready. Upcycle green plastic strawberry baskets by weaving paper or fabric through them. You can also weave a brown paper grocery bag into a beautiful basket that is also recyclable. If you’re just not that crafty, check your local thrift store for baskets from Easters past. You can even donate it again after you’ve used it.

Once you’ve found the container, fill it with homemade treats like marshmallows or carrot cupcakes. You can control what kind of ingredients go in them and they can produce less waste. Try skipping the plastic wrap and use reusable containers instead.

Still have room in the basket? Skip the plastic grass and get creative with filler material. First, take up volume by putting an old T-shirt or balled-up scrap paper at the bottom. This will reduce the amount of filler material needed. Use shredded magazine pages or tissue paper saved from Valentine’s Day or Christmas presents. Fabric, from a tablecloth or scarf, will also work.

Do you have any ideas for greening an Easter basket? Share them in the comments below!

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  • Cindy W. 10 months ago
    Would you believe I still have my old Easter basket that I used when I was a child and then when my daughter was growing up and am waiting for when she has kids. The basket is over 55 years old!
  • joanna l. 10 months ago
    A basket with a broken handle makes a terrific drawer organizer. Its good for sorting cosmetics, office supplies, etc
  • Jackie H. 10 months ago
    We use the same baskets and grass every year. I buy very little candy. Do toys & useful items like headbands & bracelets etc.
  • Kristen B. 10 months ago
    I reuse the same baskets every year. They are wooden and lined with a nice fabric liner. I use paper grass and recycle that. Instead of candy, I put toys and nuts and fruit. My kids love it. We dye real eggs and the Easter bunny hides them. Later, we use the boiled eggs for salads and sandwiches. The egg shells go into the compost bin.
  • Paula T. 10 months ago
    I am teaching my kids to be green by reusing the same basket each year. It's a stuffed bunny rabbit with a handle on it. I have the kids sit the empty basket out (kind of like a stocking) and the Easter bunny fills it up. That way there is no waste or bill pile up of baskets.
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