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Reducing waste by reducing packaging

Close to Zero Easter Gift Giving

Again a holiday approached where I had to decide how to give my children an experience similar to all the other children out there but with less waste. The Easter Bunny went lower waste this year! I started by bringing my reusable fruit and veggie bags to Cooper’s Grocery Store. I filled my bags up with both Easter specific candies and random yummy candy like Real Fruit Gummies. To help the cashiers out I wrote out the sku’s on the back of a receipt from my purse. Then I chose one special Easter treat from the packaged area. It was hard! So many of the products had little plastic eggs or hidden toys. Most of the choices had plastic windows that are un-recyclable. Finally I chose some chocolate eggs with Smarties hidden inside. The packaging is not perfect but better than the others. The eggs are wrapped in foil (recyclable) and set in a plastic “egg” carton (down-cycleable and reusable). I will recycle the foil but keep the egg carton for reuse maybe next Easter or for another craft. I made mock baskets out of two stainless steel bowls, some masking tape and some scrapbook paper that had been wrecked by water. All together Easter gifts cost us less than $18. The kids loved the shakers but needed help eating the chocolate to get to the Smarties. I’ll do whatever I can to help the children… For any non-Canadians, in Canada Smarties are a chocolate candy similar (but better) than M&M’s. The candies wrapped in plastic Americans know as Smarties are called Rockets in Canada.

My oldest son agreed that the Easter Bunny gave the kids too much candy. I assured him he would get help ;). He did wonder where the toys were. He reminded me that the Easter Bunny gave him a toy last year. That kid has too good of a memory. Easter was very relaxing for us this year. I hope all of you had a good Easter too.

Hey just in case you didn’t notice, I now have a Facebook page. If you are a Facebook kinda person you can “Like” the page (connect on my blog home page) if you wanna. Not everyone is on Twitter, wants e-mail subscription or feels like checking out the blog regularly to see if I have made a new post. It could make it easier for you.

Any ideas for a zero waste birthday party for a two year old? We plan to do a toonie party. Each guest that wants to give a gift gives two toonies. One toonie ($2 coin) is gathered for a charity of the kids choice and one is gathered for a gift the kid can pick himself. This way we won’t have to deal with all the packaging and toys etc… that the kids don’t need.

Happy Easter Monday Everyone!

~Stephanie

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like. -Will Rogers

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Close to Zero Easter Gift Giving

  1. I love your mock Easter baskets! Too cute. I also didn’t realize that you could get Easter treats in the bulk section, I will have to remember that for next year!

    As for birthday parties, I wrote a post last summer about keeping waste to a minimum around kid’s parties: http://dreamsyoudaretodream.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/get-your-party-on-minimalist-style/ Most kid’s parties we go to are not hosted at home, and I’ve noticed it creates a ton of waste when parties are held in commercial locations – we have a lot more control over things that are done in our own homes. 🙂

    Happy Easter Monday to you too!

    Posted by Erin | April 9, 2012, 9:50 am
  2. I really like the birthday gift idea of 2 toonies. We should incorporate that into Christmas as well 🙂

    Posted by Sarah Tobin | April 9, 2012, 11:20 am

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