Tis the season of waste! Every year millions of people buy non-recycled virgin wrapping paper to wrap their gifts up. Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you are looking to change this seemingly harmless habit.
If you’ve had a chance to read my post on Eco-Friendy Christmas gift giving then you’re already on track to lowering your holiday carbon footprint. Next, to wrap those crafty home made or battery-less gifts, here are a few ideas to ensure you are being as sustainable as possible.
Reuse, Recycle, Re-purpose
Sure, buying recycled gift wrap is a step in the right direction but don’t forget that anything that is commercially recycled still has to be collected, processed, re-printed, packed and then shipped, most likely in a gas guzzling truck, to your local store. Why not do that recycling locally in your own home and reuse existing paper and packaging supplies. Here are some quick recycled wrapping ideas:
• Reuse packaging from previous gifts you’ve received. It’s not re-gifting if it’s just the box, tin or canister it came in!
• Old magazines are great as wrapping paper. Use old music or fashion magazines that your teenagers have given approval for reuse and I guarantee they will love them more than little elves or Rudolph.
• The relatives will love wrapping paper made from the kid’s coloring books or daily drawings brought home from school. Of course be sure to clear this with the kid’s so they don’t feel like you don’t appreciate all their hard work! Once you explain the benefits of green gift giving I’m sure they will be more than happy to help out.
Reusable Tote Bags
We all can agree wrapping paper looks beautiful under your brightly lite (with energy saving LED lights) Christmas Tree (sustainably harvested or homemade recycled Christmas tree) but you can also find some very beautiful, or holiday themed, creative, or just plain witty recycled tote bags which are always a great replacement for wrapping paper. The wrapping now becomes a gift in it self that they can use in the future in replacement of plastic bags.