When the first German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania in the late 17th century, they brought with them all types of traditions, including the Easter Bunny (which they called the Easter Hare) and along with that, a holiday ritual of building birds' nests of grass. The Easter Hare would surreptitiously drop eggs in the nests for children.
Over the centuries, the custom has evolved to the point where now many Americans typically lay a bed of grass inside of a basket, where the "Easter Bunny" leaves eggs, candy and other treats. And while some companies are selling organic hay and kits to grow your own grass as eco-friendly options, most use bundles of plastic grass.
It turns out people have strong opinions about the synthetic stuff. Beyond being wasteful, the petroleum-based plastic grass is a pesky product that has a way of getting everywhere. A search through the United States Patent and Trademark Office archives turns up several patents by disgruntled parents. There was a patent filed in 1990 for a mesh bag to keep the plastic grass contained and another from 1997 for a bunch of connected strands of decorative grass that can also attach to the rim of a basket, to prevent blades from coming loose. A group of inventors in 1993 even came up with an elaborate method for reducing the static charge on Easter grass.
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Correction: The image gallery originally included a fun pair of bunny heels invented by Pamela Ohlsson Barras and sold by Streetzie's High Heel Bunny Slippers. The heels were not inspired by Easter and have seen commercial success. We are sorry for the error.