he holiday season conjures up images of stacks of gorgeous gifts, all perfectly and ornately wrapped. However, as stunning as this vision may be, it’s hard to deal with the fact that all of that gift wrap quickly transforms into trash. In fact, Americans throw away approximately 25 million tons of waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Luckily, there are lots of eco-friendly alternatives for wrapping your gifts! Check out some ideas below:
What’s better than a present wrapped with a gift? Use a scarf or bandana to wrap your gift and your recipient will treasure not only the gift, but the wrapping too. Check out instructions on this technique here. Bonus points if you get your scarves from the thrift store!
The holidays tend to mean lots of last minute runs to the grocery store, so put those brown paper bags to good use by wrapping your gifts in them! With a bit of greenery, this creates a classic but festive look that can be recycled or used as weed barrier when the growing season begins. You can also use newspaper, especially the comic section, for a fun twist!
Growing up, any gift bags with nutcrackers on them meant they were my gift. And guess what? Over 20 years later, my family is still using those bags! You can also opt for reusable bags made out of fabric. Bags are simple to make and can easily be customized to represent the person receiving the gift.
This is the perfect solution for small items! Reuse last year’s greeting cards to create festive boxes that don’t need any more decoration. There’s a few different ways to make these boxes – see a variety (and instructions on how to make them) here!
With a bit of creativity and ingenuity, it’s easy to make your gift wrap eco-friendly, fun and unique!