Friday, December 14, 2012

Become a Green Wrap Star This Holiday Season

 On Christmas Day, living rooms will be covered in crumbled brightly colored paper, discarded shiny bows and streams of untied ribbons.   According to the EPA, wrapping paper causes a 25% spike in curbside trash volume between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve.

So, how do you wrap a gift for a loved one that is earth-friendly? Here are a few ideas for the eco-minded gift giver:

Reusable Gift Bags
An alternative to wrapping paper and Christmas-themed gift bags is a reusable gift or shopping bag.  These bags come in all styles, even eco-glam, and can be used after the holiday crush for grocery shopping.

Make Your Own Bags or Gift Wrap
Feeling the urge to create? Use old pillowcases, t-shirts, towels or fabric remnants to create your own cloth tote bag or gift bag, such as this simple chic bag from Michael Ann Made.

But you don't have to be a seamstress to sew a gift bag, as The Pin Junkie website demonstrates.

Get into Furoshiki
Japanese "furoshiki," or "cloth for the bath," was first used in the 14th century as a way to wrap one's clothes while taking a public bath. However, it is now a creative way to wrap gifts in fabric.  The website has several examples and step-by-step techniques for wrapping any item on your gift list.

Maps Show The Way
Search your car or junk drawers for old maps to use as reclaimed wrapping paper.  It adds a special touch to gifts and it does have educational value.

Reuse Paper You Have
Don't have maps? Consider using brown paper bags, old posters, sheet music, newspapers or pages from old books. Add some glam with stamps, snowflake designs cut from contrasting paper or stars created with markers.

Children's Art is the New Wrap
Shine a spotlight on your child's art talent by using their creative works as gift wrap, such as this example from  It will put a smile on their face and the face of the person who receives the specially wrapped package.

The Gift is in the Wrapping
Who doesn't love two for one? When giving a gift, consider wrapping it in another present like a vintage scarf, comfy wrap or a t-shirt. The cloth exterior can be tied up using twine or even a third gift such as a necklace or bracelet.

Happy wrapping!

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