Eco-Friendly and Recyclable Gift Wrap Ideas

December 19, 2019

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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! (
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.  
I scoured the internet for some ideas and there were tons! (The Art of Living Simple, EcoBnB, and Martha Stewart) So I went about spending this past weekend wrapping gifts.  This is what I ended up using:  
  • 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:

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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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