Surprise with an All-Natural Easter Basket!
Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 8:00 am
Every child loves waking up and finding sweets, toys and other surprises in their Easter basket. Many of the Easter goodies you find on store shelves are loaded with scary ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and more. This year, why not make sure your child’s basket is filled with treats that taste just as good, if not better than traditional commercial favorites? We’ll help you fill their basket with the best while also offering tips on keeping it green and eco-friendly!
Easter baskets come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Instead of buying plastic baskets that will likely break easily, buy sturdy wicker ones and decorate with beautiful ribbons or non-toxic paint. This way, you care re-use it year after year. You can find inexpensive baskets at your local craft store, flea market, or thrift store. When the holiday is over, you can also use the baskets for picnics or decoration throughout the year. Be sure you don’t buy plastic grass as the base inside the basket (it’s wasteful and terrible for the environment). Instead, try using recycled paper or fabric if you need a little filler.
There are tons of organic and all-natural candy companies on the market making delicious sweets with nothing artificial. Companies like Sunridge Farms, Yummy Earth, Sunspire, Bissinger’s, Lake Champlain, Jo’s Candies, Kimmie Candies, and Alter Eco make chocolates, jelly beans, and other sweet confections you will definitely love! Look for candies made with real cane sugar and flavored and dyed with fruit and vegetable juices. Also look for fair-trade chocolate bunnies and treats!
Skip the hollow plastic eggs! Most of these end up in landfills and are extremely wasteful. Instead, hide hard-boiled eggs dyed with all-natural dyes. Not only do you get to enjoy decorating the eggs, but when the hunt is over, you get to peel and eat them! If you absolutely must use plastic eggs, keep them for next year. Chances are they’ll last quite a while and you’ll save money year after year.
Easter signals the beginning of spring and celebrates new life. What better way to appreciate both of these things then with some organic seeds? If you have more than one child, give them each a different seed packet and teach them how to grow and cultivate it. They’ll learn about gardening while learning about the responsibility of caring for something. They’ll also get to enjoy their Easter gift all year!