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Gift Wrap: 4 Eco-Friendly Ideas

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Gift Wrap: 4 Eco-Friendly Ideas

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!

Up Next: Reusable Fabric Gift Wrapping Techniques

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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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7:57PM PST on Dec 31, 2013

interesting ideas

3:35PM PST on Feb 27, 2013


7:03PM PST on Dec 26, 2012


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1:01AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Tahnk you.

3:21PM PST on Dec 20, 2012

Awesome! Loving the furoshiki, so artistic, almost like fabric origami lol

6:20AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

Thank you for these ideas

9:21AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Fun ideas!

2:25AM PST on Dec 4, 2012

reusable containers appeal to me - 2 gifts in one and no trash/wastage! thank you

5:59AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Great ideas I love the Furoshiki the Japanese gift wrapping method ,great article .

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