Here is a great eco-friendly easter egg alternative you can make, or get your kids to make on a wet afternoon.
I’m not too big on giving my daughter too much chocolate. She gets a little bit, but we do try to limit how much she eats. The influx of chocolate at Easter, therefore, makes me feel a little uncomfortable.
However, It’s not just the chocolate. Easter eggs are one of the most overly packaged items on the shop shelf. A typical egg will be housed in an elaborate box, a large plastic case, and be wrapped in foil. The egg itself will typically contain a plastic bag full of yet more sweets.
Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Alternatives?
Trying to come up with a healthy eco-friendly Easter egg alternative called for some creative thinking and head-scratching. After a bit of brainstorming, I found a set of four wooden two-part eggs for a few pounds on eBay. They don’t seem to be available anymore, but I have found some cardboard ones*.
Then armed with a bundle of scrap fabric and a lot of glue I decoupaged the eggs to create some eggs that can be filled with any item of your choosing – such as crayons or healthy treats. The best part is that these can be refilled, and will last for many Easters to come, making these a fantastic eco-friendly Easter egg alternative!
How to Make an Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Alternative
It’s really easy to make this eco-friendly easter egg alternative and it’s a really fun activity for kids.
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To make these eco-friendly Easter egg alternatives:
Cut some scrap fabric into 1cm squared squares.
Mixed 1 part PVA glue with 1 part water in a bowl. Then give the glue and water a good mix with your finger or an old paintbrush.
Separate your wooden eggs into two parts and sit them on a protected surface.
Dunk your fabric squares into the PVA glue/water mix, giving them a good soaking. Squeeze out any excess water/glue then apply to your egg. Smooth out any creases with your finger as you go.
Make sure you cover up all bits of wood/cardboard with your fabric.
Leave to dry overnight.
Glue a ribbon or trim in place if desired.
I tried a patchwork effect on my first egg. However I wasn’t so keen on how it came out, so I stuck to one fabric per egg.
You can fill these with sweet treats, dried fruit, or other ideas.
Other Alternatives to Decoupage
If decoupage isn’t for you, then there are lots of other ways to make eco-friendly easter egg alternatives using the decoupage egg blanks.
You could also paint the eggs using acrylic paints, or draw on them using sharpies or gel pens. However, my painting skills are not up to scratch, which is why I went for decoupage! If you’re a dab hand with a paintbrush or pen, or your kids would rather paint than decoupage, then here are some stylish examples of painted eggs that I found on Blank Goods:
You could also use washi tape, like these ones from Bliss Bloom:
If you’re handy with a crochet hook, you could even make these lovely eggs, spotted at Red Heart:
These would be great for a kid’s egg hunt!
There you have it, lots of lovely eco-friendly Easter egg alternatives to traditional chocolate Easter eggs that have the added bonus of being a bit healthier too!
Of course, if you are looking for chocolate Easter eggs, then do check out my guide to the best ethical Easter eggs. Here I’ve got the best plastic-free, Fairtrade, vegan-friendly Easter eggs, and more.
Looking to buy sustainable wooden toys? It can be a minefield, as just because a toy is made of wood doesn’t make it eco-friendly. Here’s what to look out for to help make environmentally-friendly choices, as well as some of my favourite brands.
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Look into any parent of a young child’s home (including ours) and you’ll most likely see a sea of plastic toys.
Plastic toys are cheap to make and buy and are convenient. However, we pay a heavy environmental price for this convenience and low financial cost. Being made from fossil fuels, plastic toys have a heavy carbon footprint.
What’s more, plastic is pretty pervasive, hanging around for hundreds of years. As plastic toys mostly can’t be recycled, unwanted toys that are binned can also contribute to the amount of plastic ending up in landfill and oceans. And if that’s not enough of a headache, plastic toys are full of toxins, and often contain banned chemicals.
What About Wood?
Wooden kids’ toys can be a better environmental choice. Wooden toys are, if you choose correctly, sustainable, and free of the chemical risks that plastic toys possess. They can also be real hand-me-down pieces.
What to Look Out For When Buying Sustainable Wooden Toys
However, just because a toy is made from wood doesn’t necessarily make it sustainable. There are various environmental considerations to be made. These include how the wood has been grown and what paints have been used. Other key considerations include how the workers in all aspects of the supply chain are treated, as well as the company’s own sustainability ethos.
Here’s what to consider and look out for when buying sustainable wooden toys.
Secondhand Wooden Toys First
The most sustainable wooden toys are the secondhand ones. Therefore these should always be the ones that you consider buying first. The good news is that buying secondhand is also the most budget-friendly way of buying them too.
It’s not difficult to source good quality secondhand wooden toys. Charity shops, eBay, Facebook marketplace, Gumtree, and Oxfam Online* are all great places to look. There are even wooden toy buy and sell groups on Facebook.
We’ve found some great secondhand and sustainable wooden toys over the last year. Here is our collection:
As wooden kids’ toys are so durable, they all look like new. We actually found most of these in local charity shops. Meanwhile, the walker came second-hand from eBay. The bus was the only toy we bought new, as a Christmas present, and the jigsaw was a gift from a family member. We’ll keep these toys going for as long as possible and then keep them for a future child. Alternatively, we’ll donate them to a charity shop once they’re done to keep the reuse cycle in motion.
Look for Sustainable Certifications When Buying Wooden Toys
If you decide to buy new, then there are steps you can take to make sure the wooden toys you are buying are actually sustainable.
One of these steps is to look for external certification labels.
External certification means that the company’s toys and their business practices meet criteria that are assessed by an external non-profit organisation.
The Labels To Look For
Sustainable labels to look for when buying wooden toys include:
EU Ecolabel. This is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products meeting high environmental standards throughout their life cycle. This covers the raw material extraction right through to its production, distribution, and disposal.
Blue Angel Eco Label. This is an independent, German environmental label for products and services that have environmentally friendly aspects. Its goal is to inform consumers about environmentally friendly products.
It is extremely rare that wooden toy companies would hold all of these sustainable labels. Each certification is time-consuming to achieve and requires many systems to be in place. Each certification can also be expensive to achieve. Therefore, you just need to look for at least one eco-label when buying wooden toys.
Consider Where The Wood Come From
As I mentioned, just because a product is made from wood doesn’t make it sustainable. Some wooden toys contribute to deforestation and illegal logging. This happens when companies use wood sourced from forests managed unsustainably. It’s especially problematic in environmentally sensitive areas such as the Amazon.
Toys made from unsustainably managed forests can result in biodiversity loss. It can also result in reduced ecosystem qualities, and increased greenhouse gas emissions. The very things that you probably wanted to avoid by buying wooden toys.
Instead, when buying sustainable wooden toys, look for wood that is from sustainably managed forests. Rubberwood is a good choice when it comes to wooden kids’ toys. Rubberwood is a waste product from the latex industry, which used to be destroyed once the latex dried up. Alternatively, wood from European sources is often a more sustainable choice.
Five Sustainable Wooden Toys Brands to Look Out For
If you’re looking to buy a special toy for a child in your life then don’t feel overwhelmed. Here is a rundown of some of my favourite ethical and sustainable wooden toy brands available in the UK.
Grimms Wooden Toys
Grimm’s stunning, handcrafted Waldorf-inspired toys are fairly made in Europe. Not only are they EU-made, but the wood comes exclusively from sustainably managed forests in Europe. They are an FSC certified company and are actively engaged in reforestation projects. What’s more, the stains they use are non-toxic and water-based.
Longevity is key for Grimms. As such, you can get a free repair kit should your Grimms toy break.
Haba makes high-quality long-lasting sustainable wooden toys, all with the PEFC seal. Their toys are made in Germany from beech and birch wood. This wood is sourced from sustainably managed German forests. You can read more about their sustainability processes in this lengthy yet impressive post.
The loss of one part of a game can sometimes mean that the whole game can no longer be used. However, a couple of years ago Haba set up a comprehensive replacement service to combat this problem. I love that they have put together a service like this, to help games from being binned.
Indigo Jamm is a small company designing eco-friendly wooden toys in the UK. All of their factories have been visited and inspected by Indigo Jamm, to ensure their products are made in environmentally and socially responsible ways.
90% of their toys are made using rubberwood – a waste product from the latex industry. Their paints are also water-based for extra eco points.
Lubolona designs and manufactures stylish kids’ toys using eco-friendly and high-quality materials. All their products are designed in Barcelona and are manufactured entirely in Europe, from natural high-quality beech wood. Their intention is to keep their environmental impact to a minimum, whilst focusing on fair and local production. What’s more, Lubolona uses environmentally friendly cardboard boxes and fabric bags for its packaging. You won’t find any plastic here!
Shop Lubolona in the UK via Kidly* – with prices starting from £9.
Plan Toys make ethical wooden toys for kids and babies, that are designed to be fun, engaging, and educational. You’ll find cool and unique sets, like this English breakfast wooden toy set. However, if it’s traditional you’re after then Plan toys also has you covered. My kids have especially loved the Plan Toy toy town sets – with their road and rail networks to build.
Plan Toys’ entire range is Fairtrade certified. They are also made in Thailand from sustainably sourced wood and painted with non-toxic dyes. As well as solid wood toys, they also make toys from PlanWood. This is a byproduct of sawdust that their factory produces. This ensures that nothing goes to waste. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, then Plan Toys have also developed their very own certified non-formaldehyde glue.
We’ve bought secondhand Plan toys in the past, and can testify that their toys are high quality and built to last.
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