Great Fillers for Eco-Friendly Easter Baskets
If you’re trying to make your Easter more sustainable, one great place to start is your children’s Easter basket. When you’re ready to create eco-friendly Easter baskets, consider some of these fantastic fillers and gifts.
Select a Reusable Easter Basket
If you’re creating an Easter basket for the first time or you don’t have a basket you use year after year, skip the cheap, plastic basket and go with a reusable option.
One great option to consider is a cute storage basket. You can use the storage basket as an Easter basket until your kids reach the age when they no longer need a basket.
At that point, you can simple use the basket around the house for storage.
Choose Eco-Friendly Easter Grass
After you’ve picked out which basket you want to use, your next step is to fill it. If you want to use Easter grass, swap out the plastic Easter grass for something more sustainable.
You can go the DIY route and simply shred some green construction paper that you can recycle after the holiday. Another unique DIY option to consider is shredding seed paper.
This seed paper comes in a variety of beautiful colors. When the holiday is over, plant the seed paper in a sunny spot or in a pot. Then watch as beautiful wildflowers pop up!
If you’re not interested in making your own Easter grass, go with Eco Grass. This earth-friendly alternative to plastic Easter grass is made in the USA from 100% recycled paper. When you’re done, you can save it, reuse it, or recycle it.
Gifts for Eco-Friendly Easter Baskets
Once you have your reusable Easter basket and eco-friendly Easter grass picked out, it’s time to choose your eco-friendly Easter basket fillers. Here are some outstanding options that kids will love.
1. Children’s Gardening Tool Set
It’s very important for kids to get outside and play. One good way to encourage this is by letting them help out in the garden.
This children’s gardening tool set comes with everything they need for growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The tools have quality metal heads, so you know they’ll last and won’t contribute to our plastic pollution problem. They also feature rounded edges to make them safe for children.
If you need something for your kids to grow, this Plant a Pizza Garden Kit is a fun idea. It includes seeds for basil, oregano, tomatoes, and peppers.
2. Throw & Grow Seed Ball
These Throw & Grow Seed Balls are another fun option that you can use to help children get outside and start growing things. You get 20 bright and colorful seed balls that have a blend of annual and perennial seeds that are good for pollinators.
Kids will have a great time choosing where they want to plant their seed balls and then taking care of the colorful wildflowers that bloom.
Plus, you can feel good knowing you’re making a truly sustainable choice since these seed balls come from one of the best zero waste online stores dedicated to plastic-free shipping.
3. Green Kid Crafts
If you want to give your kids something that will help them think and learn, Green Kid Crafts is the perfect option. This monthly science subscription box comes with everything your children need to create and learn.
All you have to do is select the age-appropriate plan that’s right for your kids. Each month, they’ll get an award-winning themed box that includes quality, eco-friendly materials to help them create their STEAM projects.
Best of all, these boxes come from a carbon neutral company that uses only sustainable and safe materials. They also give back a portion of each sale to environmental non-profits. This means you know you’re making an eco-friendly choice that’s also helping the environment.
4. Natural Paint
Paint is always a great zero waste Easter basket option. Since you’re trying to make eco-friendly Easter baskets, go with this non-toxic finger paint kit.
All you need to do is mix the natural pigments with water to create lovely colors. Since the colors are made using non-toxic and natural ingredients, you can rest easy when your kids are playing with them.
You can get these natural finger paints from EarthHero. If you decide to get some for your kids, be sure to use the code EARTHFRIENDLY to get 10% off your order!
5. Beeswax Crayons
Rather than getting traditional crayons that are derived from petroleum, coal, or shale oil, choose these beeswax crayons that are all natural and non-toxic.
They’re made with 100% pure beeswax and natural soy wax. They also offer vibrant and fade-resistant colors.
6. Crayon Rocks
Crayon Rocks are another awesome idea to consider if you’re interested in including crayons in your children’s eco-friendly Easter basket. I got these crayons for my son because he loves to color and he’s obsessed with rocks, and he absolutely loves them.
The crayons come in beautiful colors, and their unique shape makes them easy for kids to hold. They’re also made in the U.S.A. from soy wax and non-toxic powdered pigments.
7. Art Pad
If you’ll be choosing some of these art supplies for your eco-friendly Easter baskets, you need something for your kids to color on. This Eco-Art Pad is an excellent choice. It’s made in the USA from 100% recycled paper.
8. Natural Playdough
Young and old kids all love playing with playdough. It’s actually incredibly easy to make homemade natural playdough for an eco-friendly Easter basket filler.
However, if you’re pressed for time or not interested in DIY, I recommend getting this eco-dough. It’s a safe art product that’s made in the USA and comes with reusable jars for as little waste as possible.
9. Sidewalk Chalk
Spring means warmer weather, which also means it’s easier for kids to go outside and play. One classic toy that’s also a great choice for a zero waste Easter basket is sidewalk chalk.
This washable sidewalk chalk can get your kids outside and help them express some creativity at the same time.
Another unique option that fits in perfectly with the holiday are these egg-shaped chalks that even come in their own adorable cardboard carton.
10. Reusable Eggs
Easter eggs are a common filler item in many baskets. However, you should skip those plastic eggs that are common this time of year. They’re so flimsy that they can break very easily, but you can’t recycle them.
One option to consider are these plant-based Easter eggs. They’re non-toxic eggs made from 100% renewable content. They’re also durable, so they can hold up to years of use. However, if one should happen to break, they’re fully compostable.
You can also go with these egg-shaped boxes. Since they’re blank on the outside, your kids can decorate them however they would like. You can then use them again year after year.
Both options are hollow, so they’re perfect for including small trinkets or candy.
11. Organic Jelly Beans
If you need some great candy options to include in your eco-friendly Easter baskets or eco-friendly Easter eggs, you’ll find plenty of options.
Jelly beans are a common candy to include in Easter baskets. If you want to go with this candy, these organic jelly beans are an excellent option.
They’re made with USDA-certified and non-GMO ingredients. You can also feel good knowing they’re gluten-free, vegetarian, and free of dairy, peanuts, and fat.
There’s also no reason why you can’t use these outstanding eco-friendly candy options for Halloween for your Easter basket.
12. Reusable Sticker Pad
What kid doesn’t love stickers? While they’re certainly fun, they’re also a bit of a waste. You use them once, and then they’re done.
Unless you get this reusable sticker book.
These sticker books come with a variety of scenes that kids can fill with the cling-style stickers. When they’re ready to create a new story on the scene, the stickers pull up cleanly so that they can be used again and again.
13. Green Toys
If you’re interested in getting some eco-friendly toys for your Easter basket, Green Toys is one of the best options.
Green Toys is an environmentally friendly company that creates USA-made toys from 100% recycled plastic. The toys do not contain any BPA, phthalates, PVC, or external coatings, which makes them safe and durable.
They’re also packaged in recycled and recyclable materials that are printed with soy ink and have no plastic films or twist ties.
Another outstanding option for eco-friendly toys is PlanToys. Rather than using cheap plastic that can be toxic to kids and is definitely terrible for the environment, PlanToys uses wood from sustainably harvested rubberwood trees, non-formaldehyde glue, and non-toxic water-based dyes to create toys that are safe and durable.
Even better, not only can these toys stand up to rough play, but the company also makes everything from building blocks and puzzles to pretend play sets and learning toys, so you’ll be able to find something for kids of all ages.
15. Petit Collage
If you’re trying to create an eco-friendly Easter basket for a baby, Petit Collage stuffed animals are a fantastic option.
Their soft cotton toys are made from organic cotton and non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes and soy inks. Since all the products are also free of BPA, phthalates, lead, and formaldehyde, you know they’re safe for everyone.
Petit Collage also makes a line of eco-friendly wooden toys that are ideal for babies.
Creating Eco-Friendly Easter Baskets
This Easter, you don’t have to create excess waste or worry about the environmental impact of your children’s Easter baskets. Instead, just use some of these great gifts and fillers to put together outstanding eco-friendly Easter baskets.
More Eco-Friendly Holiday Tips
Now that you see how easy it is to create eco-friendly Easter baskets, are you interested in even more eco-friendly holiday tips? Then be sure to check out some of our other popular posts:
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