The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and your packages are nearly ready to share. You've gathered the ribbon, scotch tape, scissors and a spread when suddenly an alternative pops in your head! Choosing to gift-give can really be a snap, while using less paper for all your gift wrap! So this gift-giving season, when you have a choice, challenge yourself to use less, Mama Earth shall rejoice!
Did you know that wrapping paper with a metallic or glittery finish is NOT recyclable? When possible, reuse your gift wrap, bows, bags, ribbons and tags from one holiday to the next to reduce your waste (and save money!) Or, create your own gift wrap using common items found around your home such as:
Try your hand at wrapping gifts with unwanted fabric or get creative with shirts, sweaters, blankets, table cloths or similar items. These are a perfect alternative to paper and this technique doesn’t create extra waste.
Take your wrapping skills a step further and wrap a gift inside a gift. Try Furoshiki, a cloth wrapping technique used in Japan. Wrap the item up in a scarf, towel, or other piece of fabric the gift receiver can either reuse or enjoy on its own.
Make your own wrapping paper this season using paper bags decorated with your own artwork. It’s a creative and convenient way to reuse old grocery bags. Instructions on one way to make paper bags into fun wrapping paper can be found here.
If you have extra paper shopping bags around your house from Christmas shopping, you can transform those leftover bags into recycled gift bows. Here is step-by-step tutorial on how to create unique bows from paper shopping bags.
According to the EPA, the amount of garbage between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can increase by 25% in households. That’s about 4 million to 5 million tons. Reduce your paper waste this season by choosing low-waste alternative wrapping paper.
Sources: US EPA