“When you put the whole picture together, recycling is the right thing to do.”
– Pam Shoemaker
The latest trending wrapping paper designs may look nice, but they come at a pretty high cost. Americans spend an incredible 3.2 billion dollars on gift wrap every year (U.S. News). The majority of all those shiny papers, ribbons, cards, and bows are not recyclable. This means most of it ends up in landfills. This is an immense amount of waste for just a few moments of enjoyment. These eco-friendly gift-wrapping ideas are far better for the environment and our wallets.
The EPA agrees that “reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.” Simply by choosing reusable bags, boxes, and paper, you can help to cut down on waste.
You put a lot of thought into choosing creative gifts, why not get creative with the wrapping as well? Make the challenge fun! The more the merrier this time of year, so invite your family members and friends to join in your commitment to a zero-waste holiday season. Get creative with what you have on hand, and get the kids involved too. See who can come up with the most interesting ideas.
You might want to start with a roll of brown Kraft Paper. It is eco-friendly and completely recyclable. You could keep it plain for a clean, minimalist look. Or, jazz it up with reusable organic ribbon, a bit of holly, cinnamon sticks, or homemade paper bows.
Speaking of ribbon or bows, consider using materials like twine, hemp, scrap fabric, or even metal wire. These are far more likely to be reused and are better for the environment than dyed plastic varieties.
Another option is glass. Glass Jars can make ordinary homemade goodies look gourmet, and they can be reused many times over. Or, give two gifts in one by wrapping your present in a beautiful scarf, sweater or towel.
There is no limit to the possibilities when it comes to eco-friendly gift wrap options. Look around your home for tote bags, tins, or boxes that aren’t being used. I’ve even used newspaper. Whatever option you choose, help protect our planet by using more mindful gift wrapping this Christmas.
P.S. Are you looking for some really great gifts to wrap? Check out this list of A Few of Rose’s Favorite Things.
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What To Remember
Be more eco-friendly this holiday by staying mindful of gift wrapping waste.
You can save money and resources by choosing reusable bags, boxes, and paper.
Make the challenge fun by inviting friends and children to join in.
- Country Living. (November, 2019). 13 ways to have a green, eco-friendly Christmas. CountryLiving.com.
- Schomer, Stephanie. Our Favorite Festive (and Eco-Friendly!) Wrapping Paper. Oprah.com.
- Wicker, Alden. (November, 2019). I Tested These 15 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas. Here Are My Favorites! Ecocult.com
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