Eco-friendly Easter! – Complete Report

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Pre-filled Easter Baskets

Those who prefer to buy their Easter baskets, but want to get the best and avoid the standard commercial fare may wish to think about buying natural and Fair Trade baskets.  It takes a little bit of extra planning, since a significant majority of these need to be ordered from online retailers, but the quality of the treats inside is much higher, and the baskets are completely guilt free.  Look for premade baskets that feature the least possible packaging, and that use quality materials.  The basket is reusable, after all.

Remember to place your order well in advance, so you won’t end up special ordering it and paying a rush charge for shipping at the last minute.  High speed shipping uses much more fossil fuel and produces much more emissions per package sent.  Take some time, plan well, and have any mail order gifts sent the slower way to have the least ecological impact with an ordered Easter basket.  The company you’re ordering from will thank you, too, and your basket is more likely to be correct if it isn’t assembled in a rush.

Easter Goodies

Most Easter candy isn’t very healthy, ecologically friendly, or particularly tasty.  There’s a lot of sugar, that’s certain, but a great deal of the candy on the market can’t even legally be called chocolate!  A lot of commercial chocolate also comes from sources that may be using child labor and unfair working conditions.  Instead, look for fair trade, organic, or locally produced chocolates and hard candy.  There are more out there than you’d think.

Sweet treats from healthier, organic sources have come a long way from the carob drops many of us remember from years ago.  Lollipops, jelly beans, hard candies, chocolates and more are available from local and organic candy makers.  They’re ready to compete with their commercially produced cousins!  For older kids, there are even make your own chocolate kits.  You can use cocoa butter, sugar, and other materials to produce eight ounces of high quality, Fair Trade chocolate in your own kitchen.

Raisins, dried fruit such as papaya, mini-pretzels and stickers are also fun things to include in a basket that aren’t candy.  Many kids will be upset if there’s not at least a little sugar in the basket, but it doesn’t have to fill up the whole thing!  You could even give gifts of money, like state quarters or an old silver dollar, or fun project supplies like garden seeds.  If you decide to use regular commercial candy, look for quality, and choose candy your child really likes, not just candy he or she will eat.  Choosing sweets that come with a minimal amount of packaging is also important.

When it comes to toys, clothes, and other non-food easter goodies, choose fair trade, locally made, or other labels when possible.  When these can’t be found, look for quality construction and make sure you’re picking an item that’ll last, not be tossed after a short time.  After all, an Easter gift is one that should be worth keeping.  Fun gifts that will get used, like egg shaped sidewalk chalk, are an excellent choice for people who want to give something other than candy, but don’t want to contribute to the waste stream.

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Comments

  1. tamar says:

    You have to try yummyearth organic candy. We make organic lollipops and organic gummy bears. Check us out at http://www.yummyearth.com

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