Each holiday season, I try to be as green as one can be and not add to the millions of tons of gift wrap that will be deposited into landfills by practicing a method of reuse. There are lots of creative avenues to take with gift wrapping. First I try to use up collected gift wrap and bags from last year and pair them up with whatever string and cards I have around. Mix and match. Thankfully, my family doesn’t mind if the presents look a little familiar as last years, so at the end of the crazy tearing spree, I save what I can for the next. Really, who gives a ho – ho – ho.
Other papers that come in handy when gift wrapping include old posters, magazines, calendars and the miraculous brown paper bag that can be decorated in so many ways. Save your child’s art work and drawings to wrap smaller boxes.
Reusable fabric bags are a great way to green up your gifts. Sew up your own drawstring totes or support local crafty girls who will stitch them up for you. Or learn the art of Furoshiki, using origami like folding with fabric to make eco-friendly wrapping cloths. You can also wrap up gifts in a bandanna, tea towel or tee shirt making it kinda like a present in a present – double the gifting!
Baskets & cloth shopping totes are also fun to fill with gifts. You can make the display so lovely, it really would be a shame to hide it under gift wrap.
All Natural Me Wants to Know – so, how green do you wrap?