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5 Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

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3. Fabric Gift Bags

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a stash of those paper gift bags that grows every holiday. I like that you can use them over and over, and friends often save theirs for me, because they know that I reuse them. The trouble with those paper bags is that, although they’re reusable, they’re not terribly durable. That’s where fabric comes in!

Fabric gift bags have a much longer lifespan than their paper cousins, and they’re useful to your giftee in between the holidays. They can use their fabric gift bag as a little tote, or to store delicate items like jewelry. When the holidays come around, you can toss a fabric gift bag in the wash and use it to wrap gifts once again!

It’s easy as pie to sew up your own fabric gift bags, or you can find pre-made ones. My favorite place to look for finished fabric gift bags is on Etsy.

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Photo by Becky Striepe

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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2:16PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thank you! I have tried some ideas before but this year I will do more!

2:41AM PST on Feb 14, 2012

Wonderful ideas! Thanks.

2:23PM PST on Dec 26, 2011

nice and simple, thanks!

7:06PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I usually put my gifts in the pretty reusable canvas bags sold at Whole Foods.

6:17AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Very cool

8:26PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

fabulous!

8:21PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Great ideas. Thanks.

4:26PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

I am wrapping my gifts in colorful reusable shopping bags...a gift in and of itself!

6:34AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

On this overcrowded planet, waste is an increasingly serious problem. It's a necessary commandment to avoid waste in every way possible. I always reuse gift paper, and instead of gift ribbon I tie it with ivy branches that have to be cut anyway. They look really fine, and afterwards they are compostable.

4:20PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thanks.

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