Eggs-tra junk? No thanks!

plastic easter eggsWhen we first discussed a week dedicated to reusing plastic Easter eggs my first thoughts were “what?” So I turned to friends and family for help and inspiration but the replies were all the same: “What are they?”

The reason being that this seems to be one of the few holiday-related retail opportunities that the UK hasn’t latched onto yet – and from what I’ve learnt I really hope we don’t. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly know how to create seasonal waste – the amount of packaging for the millions of chocolate Easter eggs lining the shelves is obscene.

Undeterred though by my initial ignorance, I turned to the internet where I came across this article on the aptly named Geeky Housewife promising 50 uses for plastic eggs. While many of these might seem faintly ridiculous to me, there are some gems in there.

I like the idea of punching small holes in the egg and using them to hold pot pourri or lavender, a great handmade car air freshner. Pretty them up by using the knitting pattern Kelly found, or felting them like Autumn suggests. Anyhow if you do find yourself surrounded by piles of discarded plastic eggs perhaps the Geeky Housewife will have just the suggestion for you.

Despite finding some creative uses for these left over plastic eggs I’d have to admit that I’m with Autumn on this one “Don’t purchase them anymore” and please don’t send them over here, were having enough trouble with the chocolate ones.

Written by Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson launched Showpony in 2006 with an aim to produce fun and engaging printed products for the home and accessories market.

Trompe l'oeil meaning to ‘trick the eye’ is a theme which runs through much of Emma’s designs, from hiding bugs within the folds of her cushions or using vintage images on modern shapes. Inspired by honesty in nature and poking fun at real life she creates products that are functional and beautiful.

She is passionate about creating new products but remains committed to sustainable design all of Showpony’s products are made using organic cotton which is hand spun and woven by a fair-trade cooperative.


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  1. Oh, darn. I was hoping I could get rid of my eggs-tras by sending them to you! Seriously, I agree that wasteful packaging is obscene and I don’t buy plastic eggs altough the US is riddled with them. I personally can see nothing wrong with real eggs! They cook up pretty nicely, taste good, the shells go into the compost and that’s almost the end if the problem. The remiander of the problem is that I buy only a few since they are not necessarily heart friendly- but all things in moderation! Happy Easter and if I need to contact the Geeky Housewife, her name isn’t hard to remember.

  2. Thanks for the mention! heh. My goal was to have 100 uses for plastic eggs but after finally hitting 50 I decided that was plenty since some were getting sort of “out there” anyway. 😉

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