Easter Bunny Blues
Zero Waste Holidays
April 7, 2015 | Kathryn Kellogg
Last Updated on April 2, 2020
I grew up in the South and have very fond memories of Easter. It was a large family get together that usually involved Aunt Carolyn’s deviled eggs. (secret ingredient: smoked paprika) Mom always bought us new sun dresses most likely adorned with flowers or polk-a-dots. I dreamt of shiny stained glass windows, a warm sun, and singing “Because He Lives.” However, most Easters were frigid. We bundled in sweaters, trench coats, and tried hard to keep our shoes glossy white. Dad kept multiple umbrellas in the car for the almost inevitable down pour. Despite the rain there was still so much joy to be had from church, Easter brunch, and the Easter basket.
Mom used the same basket every year. It was a Longaberger. A durably woven basket from Ohio, and they cradled everything in the home from recipes to fresh loaves of bread to magazines and toilet paper. In fact I still get Easter baskets, but this year would be different. My mom is one of the most generous people, and she loves, LOVES to buy presents. I knew convincing her of my new lifestyle would be difficult, but she’s trying so hard!
Her and my grandmother both decided to supply Justin and me with a date. A wonderful gift! We can’t wait to pick out a new restaurant to try. She started feeling really bad about not sending an easter basket. She scoured the web and found Cheryl’s. On the website it looks like cookies are loose inside of boxes. They promote a green message on the back of the label and pack with paper.
So far so good.
It being wrapped in plastic was unnecessary, but I had hope… until I looked inside. They were all individually wrapped. It was completely excessive and far from the loose cookies advertised on their website.
Don’t fear, there was an Easter remedy in sight. A friend was in need of some boxes for Easter presents, and the tin of cookies was donated to a local church. They were able to give it to a family in need. I also contacted the company. I wrote them a nice email, and I got a nice response. I doubt they’ll take my inquiry seriously, but maybe they will!
“Good morning, I just received an Easter basket my mom purchased through you. I’m thrilled with the contents, shipping with brown paper, and the message hidden behind the label. However, I’m not thrilled that every cookie is individually wrapped in plastic. I lead a zero-waste life style. My mom tried very hard to purchase an Easter basket without packaging. In the advertisements the cookies are shown loose. She tried very hard, and I can’t bring myself to tell her that she didn’t quite accomplish her goal. It would be wonderful if your cookies came loose inside of the boxes! If you had an option for that online, I certainly would choose it and so would she. It would save you time and money on packaging. Thank you so much for your time, I sincerely look forward to hearing from you.
“Thank you for contacting Cheryl’s. Your order is very important to us!
I do understand your concern with the packaging of our products/gifts. All of our cookies/brownies are individually wrapped as our products do not contain any preservatives and this helps with keeping the cookies in tact with minimal damage during transit. Your suggestion will be shared with our Leadership Team for future consideration.
Please let us know if we may further assist you in any way.
Cheryl’s Customer Service Representative”
As for my personal treats and Easter basket, I’m going down to the local bakery.
Over 20 feet of delicious bulk treats! (You can see my bag in the reflection. It’s my favorite; it rolls up real small to fit in my purse!)
Hope you guys had a great Easter! Any zero-waste practices or traditions you have?