Whew! We made it through Thanksgiving craziness, and chances are a lot of you guys are making that holiday gift list and checking it twice. If you’re trying to have an ethical holiday, you don’t want to spoil it by giving your fair trade or handmade gift wrapped with new, single-use wrapping paper!
We generate over 25 percent more trash during the holidays, and that adds up to billions of tons of waste every year, just during the holiday months! If every household wrapped just three of the gifts we are giving in reusable giftwrap or reused a meager two feet of ribbon, we’d divert enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields and 38,000 miles of ribbon from the landfill.
Sure, recycling gift wrap is greener than tossing it in the trash, but not buying disposables in the first place is the best option. What I love about eco-friendly gift wrap is that the wrapping so often becomes part of the present! Need some ideas to ditch the new gift wrap this year? Check out our eco-friendly gift wrap ideas!
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