Creating a Zero Waste Easter Basket

It’s spring! You’ve finally decluttered your house after a long winter (perhaps with a little help from Marie Kondo) and then Easter arrives, and with it, lots and lots of junk.

One of my big New Year’s Resolutions this year was to drastically reduce the amount of waste that my family was producing. In order to achieve this goal, I’ve made many small but significant changes around the house. I am more diligent about washing out and recycling food containers, I separate all of our food waste (banana peels, eggshells, etc) and dispose of them in the compost bin instead of bagging them with the garbage, and I’ve started making most of my own cleaning products and using biodegradable, compostable kitchen sponges. 

The biggest (and sometimes most difficult) change we’ve made as a family is being much more mindful about what we buy and what we bring into our home. With Easter just around the corner, I wanted to share some tips for keeping your Easter festivities eco-friendly with a (nearly) zero waste Easter basket!

Ditch the Dollar Store Basket

Go into any store in the months leading up to Easter and you’ll see shelves full of brightly colored plastic Easter baskets. These baskets almost always fall apart shortly after Easter is over and end up going straight into the trash! Take a quick look around your house and chances are you’ll be able to find some sort of box, basket, or bin that can serve as an Easter basket (your kids won’t care if it’s not neon green, I promise!). Or if you want something a little more festive, consider investing in something that will last for many years, like these personalized cotton Easter buckets from Pottery Barn Kids.

Skip the Plastic Easter Grass

Voted “most likely to clog up your vacuum” this stuff is as wasteful as it is messy. Consider skipping the basket filler altogether or look for ones made from recyclable or biodegradable materials. My favorite basket filler is one I picked up at Michaels craft store. It’s made of natural aspen wood, so it can easily be disposed of in your yard waste bin. 

Buy Your Candy in Bulk

Individually wrapped Easter candy can produce A LOT of trash, so instead take a mason jar or a reusable bag to the bulk section of your grocery store and fill ‘er up! Alternatively, skip the candy and opt for cookies or other homemade treats. I like to wrap cookies in these compostable paper sandwich bags. 

Be Thoughtful about Toys

Stickers, glow sticks, wind-up toys and other common Easter basket fillers are all destined to end up in the trash by Monday. Skip the cheap toys and look for gifts that will last a little longer, like homemade play dough, art supplies (we love these paint sticks and pearlescent watercolor paints from the brand Ooly), books, or even something a little more practical like a new raincoat (this one from Primary comes in six different colors!)

I hope you found some of these ideas helpful! If you have any more suggestions for creating an eco-friendly, waste-free Easter basket, be sure to leave me a comment!

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3 Comments

  1. Wonderful ideas I’ll use when gifting our grandkids for Easter.

  2. I love your ideas for a clutter and waste free Easter. Saving the baskets from year to year is a great one. Art supplies and books are the perfect gifts that keep giving long after the candy and flimsy toys are gone.

  3. Great suggestions! We are maxed out on toys so my kids are getting books and new swimsuits in their Easter baskets this year.

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