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Weekly Tips | December 05, 2011

It’s a Wrap!

Looking for an alternative to wrapping paper for gifts?

John and Anita in Shoreline recently shared a great waste reduction idea: homemade fabric gift sacks. This creative idea has helped their family save money and reduce their holiday paper waste year after year!

Start with festive fabric and follow a simple pillowcase pattern to sew fabric gift bags in a variety of sizes.

Place gifts inside and tie the top with a colorful bow or ribbon. When the holiday is over, fold the gift bags and store to use again next year.

You can also top off your gifts with homemade bows made from old paper and newspaper. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

If sewing is outside of your comfort zone, consider wrapping gifts in reusable shopping bags, old oatmeal or coffee canisters or reusing newspaper, the Sunday comics or brown grocery bags.

Resources: | DIY Wrapping Paper - EarthEasy | Homemade Bow Instructions | Canister Wrapping | RecycleScene Gift Wrap Ideas

The Big Picture

Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for approximately 4,000,000 tons of trash annually in the US.

Think outside the gift box this holiday season and wrap gifts with recycled paper, reusable bags or repurpose any other used packaging you can find around the house.

Source: Earth911 Gift Wrap

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