My first experience with non-plastic Easter basket grass filler was when I was about 10 years-old. My sister and I, wanting to make some baskets for our mom and brother, spent HOURS shredding old paper into strips, coloring it green with crayons and crinkling it by hand. It was a lot of work. Still, though I didn't know it at the time, I was on the right environmental track. Traditional petroleum-based Easter grass isn't very eco-friendly. Not only does plastic grass production generate tons of emission and landfill waste each year but because it's plastic, there's chemicals in there you don't want your kids exposed to and it can't be easily recycled. There are better eco-friendly Easter basket fillers to be had, and you won't even have to spend hours shredding and coloring paper by hand -- though your kiddos might enjoy that! Snag an idea below and ditch that pesky plastic grass this Easter.
Grow Your Own Easter Grass
Growing your own Easter grass filler is cute, fun and educational for kids. Growing basic wheatgrass will work well for Easter baskets, or you can pick up a handy Easter grass growing kit from an eco-minded toy shop.
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Green Play Silks
Play silk in place of icky old plastic Easter grass is such an adorable idea. Perfect especially if you’re creating an Easter basket for a baby or young child. The play silks add a splash of safe color to any basket and double as a fun toy for your tot. Plus, play silks are perfectly washable and reusable year-after-year.
All Natural Easter Grass
This Easter grass is non-plastic, made entirely of finely curled, natural shredded Aspen wood fibers that are soft and crinkly to the touch. Each bag comes with enough grass to fill 1 small basket approx 8″ in diameter.
Recycled Paper Grass
Eco Grass is a paper grass product, made from 100% post recycled paper. It is 100% recyclable after use and crinkle cut so it looks great in any basket. Made in the USA it comes in three fresh spring colors: pink, yellow and green. Paper eco grass can also be reused for many years or simply recycle it in your paper bin. Sold by the case only, but each case includes 12 bags (4 green, 4 pink, 4 yellow), so if you hook up with a couple other eco-families, you can go in together and save some cash.
If you knit, and always need yarn, you may as well use it to fill an Easter basket before you knit. Yarn not only cradles eggs nicely but it looks beautiful and natural in a basket, plus it’s reusable and non-toxic if you go natural and organic. Many shops offer organic and all natural wool yarn in a rainbow of colors that will make your Easter basket pop.
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Found Nature Items
If you’re willing to create your Easter basket filling the night before, any found nature objects can be used. Flowers, real long grass, leaves, branches, twigs, shiny rocks, ferns and much more can be used to cradle Easter basket goodies. If you don’t have time the night before Easter, find nature items up to a couple of days before and keep them in the fridge. If you like the idea of nature items, but live in the city, near zero green spaces, head to the local thrift store and pick up some reusable fake flowers, leaves and more. Usually you can find these items in the sewing or craft area of stores.