Sometimes, I can know the date of a thing, and yet it still sneaks up on me. Easter, for instance. I realize that today is the 19th, and I know that Easter is the 24th, and hence I can make the calculations and see that Easter is only five days away. However, I keep thinking of Easter as at the end of the month (another fact I have yet to realize is a fair descriptor of where we are in April) and also Far Away. Just in case you’re also suffering from Time Displacement (or Misplacement) Syndrome, I’ve put together a little guide for greening your Easter Basket.
I love a good Easter basket, and my mother spoiled me with gorgeous affairs way beyond my years, and I’m quite sure she got as much or more delight making them as I got receiving them. They always contained more long-lasting goodies than candy, which is a great way to green your Easter and keep the kids from too much of a sugar high. There are several items to put in an Easter basket that are fun, good for the kids and good for the planet.
1. Modeling clay that is non-toxic and made from natural ingredients, not petroleum-based like our fave comic-strip copier. Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay is a great product and smells wonderful. It’s 100 percent natural and gluten free. Mighty Nest also makes an all-natural play clay and has a gluten-free version as well. Clementine Art offers an all-natural modeling dough and is a great little company based out of Boulder, CO.
2. Paint for eggs, faces and paper that is 100 percent natural from Glob. These paints come in gorgeous hues and are botanically crafted. Clementine Art also makes natural paints in a variety of colors.
3. Naturally dyed Easter eggs. You can use the aforementioned Glob paints, this all natural dye kit from Etsy, or watch this video by Celebrate Green’s Corey Colwell-Lipson to make your own dyes from everyday fruits and vegetables.
4. Organic, non-hydrogenated candy like Glee Gum and Surf Sweets. I also did a lengthy post on healthier candy for Valentine’s Day which lists all manner of candy and chocolate that is good for you (okay, maybe just better for you) and good for the planet.
5. Responsibly made or recycled Easter basket. Local thrift stores are a great resource for baskets – most of which look like they’ve never been used. EcoPartyTime.com carries responsibly made felt Easter baskets (as well as other eco-friendly and Easter-basket friendly items). Or get together with a few of your neighbors, poke around your cupboards and garages and pull out all your baskets (I know I have at least three sitting unused in my kitchen right now) and have a basket swap.
I’m now feeling inspired, in the spirit and comfortable with Easter being just around the corner. I have a feeling I’ll be using one of my empty baskets for a project later on this week.