Eco-Friendly and Recyclable Gift Wrap Ideas
Did you know that an estimated 25 million tons of extra trash is generated during the holidays and that a large portion of that can’t be recycled? Wrapping paper is often used once, then thrown away. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! (www.use-less-stuff.com
Knowing this, I decided to challenge myself to be “greener” with my gift wrapping this year. While there are tons of great eco-friendly, recyclable gift wrapping paper available for purchase, I wanted to see if I could reuse and recycle what I had instead of buying new paper.
- Brown Kraft paper - these were the ones that came with the packages that I received from my online shopping.
- Boxes - I reused the ones the gifts I bought from Black Friday and Cyber Monday came in.
Newspaper - My kids love Asian crackers and snacks so I thought it would be fun to use Japanese newspapers for their gifts. I had picked up a couple of free papers they were handing out when I was at the market last.
- Non-coated, non-metallic wrapping paper - I had some pieces left over from previous years that I used.
Ribbon and washi tape that I have collected over the years.
Jingle bells that were leftover from a previous Christmas craft.
- Cloth gift wrapping another gift - Scarf wrapped box, so you have two presents in one.
Here's how they turned out:
Going "green" for my gift wrapping was not as difficult as I thought and something that I will continue doing moving forward! There were tons of other ideas that I loved and want to try for my next wrapping job - old maps, sheet music, kids art, etc... Comment your favorite "green" wrap below!
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