After I started paying closer attention to sustainability and waste, my holiday decorating went from minimal to almost non-existent. Regardless of how cute the teeny pumpkin or how beautiful the Blue Spruce, I feel wasteful when I purchase decorations just to discard a few weeks laster. This explains why I held on to our Christmas tree for weeks longer than I should have! This year, I am keeping sustainability in mind for Wally's Easter basket and I want to create a basket with more intention. I learned a few tricks along the way that I would like to share with hopes of inspiring you to think more and use less this Easter.
The first step to living more sustainably is to shop local. You'll save on shipping fees and will use less packaging material. Dotter Store in Highland Park always has great Easter items so I went to grab the Easter Basket essentials including a hand-woven basket, a few spring-themed books, toys and stuffed animals. To fill the basket, I decided to use a swaddle instead of plastic grass. To eliminate waste from the sweets, I purchased the candy from a bulk bin and presented in a spice jar. I also visited a local bakery to get a cute Easter truffle and if you catch them while they are baking and you bring your own container, you can avoid packaging with the baked goods too! It would be better to bake my own cookies but this week was nuts, so I cut corners where I could. I also recommend buying toys that are well made but aren't pre-packaged. You'll have the item longer and the only waste will be the tag. On our home, we use the holidays as a reason to purchase something useful like clothes instead of wasteful items like heavily-packaged plastic toys. This helps us stay minimal and avoid clutter. I love the selection that I have found at Dotter and can't wait to give Wallace his conscious collection of Easter items.
What are some ways you are conserving this Easter? Do you have any tips you can share with me?