After the present-opening frenzy is over, do you end up with a gigantic garbage bag full of wrapping paper every year and despair at killing the environment? Don’t worry: there are loads of easy and fun ways to make your gift giving far more eco-friendly. Take our tips and make your Christmas a little bit greener.
Create homemade wrapping paper from upcycled items: Old paper bags, found ribbon, scraps of paper, whatever suits your fancy. This is a great project for you or for the kids — or together!
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Use fabric to wrap gifts. The fabric wine bags above are whimsical and sturdy, while these gorgeous wrapping scarves never fail to win compliments, and can be used over and over again without losing any of their lustre.
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If your family are traditionalists and really feel the need to tear paper in the morning, make sure you buy your paper from sustainably grown or recycled sources with eco-friendly dyes. Check out these ones offered by Pistachio or other eco-conscious retailers.
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A plain box with a festive ribbon is easy to open, unbelievably classy and can be saved and reused year after year. Swap out the ribbon to change it up, then use the ribbon for a different purpose next year.
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Salvage paper that is still in good shape for next year. Big sheets used to wrap large gifts can be very well adapted to wrapping smaller gifts 12 months later.
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Use cards you received in previous Holiday seasons to make gift tags. Cut out the pretty or whimsical scenes and then just write your “to” and “from”s on the back.
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Use gift bags. They reuse very well year after year. And it’s a bonus if you buy eco-friendly, recycled or sustainable bags in the first place, then use them until they are too battered to hold up well – and even then, you can cut them into smaller pieces to use for gift tags or wrapping smaller gifts.
What’s your favorite eco-friendly wrapping tip?
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