Ideas and Tips For A Recycled Easter

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Plastic Easter eggs, plastic grass, plastic toys… we’re pretty sure here at that Easter is about bunnies jumping in baskets and laying eggs, not about increasing the amount of plastic you bring into the house. Whether you prefer your bunnies to be fluffy or chocolate, here are some tips on having a recycled Easter.


Spring really is all about eggs and new life springing forth. Easter eggs made from recycled plastic are hard to find but there are still alternatives to plastic eggs:

  • REAL EGGS! You can make ’em colorful and dye them in an environmentally friendly way using a kit like the Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit. Hide them or use them for display and recycle them later by eating them! Tastiest recycling solution ever! You could even compost the eggshells when they’ve been consumed!
  • If you don’t much like eating eggs, wooden eggs are a great alternative to real eggs. You can buy them painted, or get some unfinished eggs and paint them yourself or as a family craft. You can leave them out as a decoration all spring and best of all, you can reuse them every year.
  • Felted wool eggs are a great idea if you’re hosting an egg hunt for young kids. Soft, unbreakable, and as brightly colored or detailed as you want to make them. You can also find hand made felted eggs on a site such as Etsy. Another idea is to felt around an object, such as a plastic egg. When you’re done you can cut a slit in the felted egg, remove the object, and if you add a fastener (perhaps a loop and button?) you have your very own hollow, reusable, non-plastic egg to be filled with treats!

If you must use plastic eggs, make sure you reuse them every year. You can also look for pre-used plastic eggs at a thrift store (wash them well!). There are lots of crafts and other projects, like this cute plastic snake, that you can make out of your old plastic eggs. Many community centers and local organizations put on annual Easter egg hunts. If you have a ton of old plastic eggs, contact your local egg hunt organizer to see if they would accept your plastic egg donation for future hunts.


Because everybody knows the bunnies laying eggs in your basket require grass bedding.

Shredded green or colored paper is an easy way to get away from that fake plastic stuff that gets everywhere and looks synthetic anyways. It’s also easy to make yourself and can easily be recycled in the bin or used as packaging later. Bonus points if you make your paper grass with recycled paper!

Get creative. If you’re just looking for a colorful foundation to an Easter basket, old ribbon or bows, green fabric, or many household items might be a decent substitute. If you want a more realistic look, you could even use wheatgrass planted in a shallow container to fit your basket.


One thing we don’t recommend is recycling candy, but who says treats have to be tiny sugar bombs? These recycled crayon bunnies are a fun candy alternative.

When buying candy and chocolate for your Easter and spring time gatherings, consider buying Fair Trade and remember that some candy wrappers can be recycled.


Which came first? The chicken or the egg candle? These Easter soy candles are a great Easter treat for those loved ones in your life not expecting chocolate-shaped rabbits. They are made in the USA from soybeans, which are a renewable source. Unlike conventional wax made from paraffin, which consists of petroleum, soy candles burn longer and cooler.

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