Gift wrapping sustainably with these creative, green, eco-friendly idea’s will have you well on your way to a zero waste approach to the holiday’s.
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Tis’ the season for decking the halls to the sound of Bing Crosby’s “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas”. But as we begin the process of wrapping those thoughtful gifts, know that there are greener, more sustainable alternatives to wrap them in.
Giving gifts wrapped in eco-friendly, alternative ways, brings the joy of giving to a whole other level for me. It has always disturbed me seeing the amount of waste created each holiday season. In researching alternative methods, it came to my attention that approximately 1/2 of paper consumed in the U.S. goes to gift wrapping and decoration. This equals to about 5 million tons of waste each year according to Rubicon!
There are many methods and ways to wrap your gifts more sustainably. Here are just a few.
GIFT WRAP SUSTAINABLY BY REUSING & RECYCLING
First and foremost, recycle any wrappings you receive. If you can crinkle it up in a ball, it should go in the recycle bin. Save your wrappings from gifts you receive to re-use! You could call me somewhat of a wrapping hoarder (much to my husband’s dismay). I save every bag that we receive to re-purpose. If the wrapping is large enough and in relatively good shape, that is saved as well. It’s a win-win as you save money, time and the environment.
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GIFT WRAPPING SUSTAINABLY – LET IT BE
What do I mean? Let the present be the wrapping. For instance, fold clothing, shirts, t-shirts, robes, and pajamas, in unique ways and tie with raffia or twine, and add a tag.
GIFT WRAPPING SUSTAINABLY USING TEXTILES
Use clothing no longer needed. Think men’s button-down shirts, pajamas, and t-shirts, cut to size and wrap, fold, or tie. Scarves, shawls, and wraps can make a wonderful additional gift.
As an alternative, you can use the Japanese method of wrapping, Furoshiki. Take brightly colored fabrics and simply tie the gift in unique and beautiful ways. The Ministry of The Environment, Government of Japan has graciously shared this method with us all. Visit their site and download a free PDF to have on hand.
Kitchen towels, tea towels, cloth napkins, and pretty dishcloths all make for usable and beautiful wrapping.
GIFT WRAPPING SUSTAINABLY – THINK FREE
Personalize the wrapping by selecting the medium most like the recipient’s likes, hobbies, and interests.
Use brown paper bags from the grocery store and tie with twine or string, especially nice for those who favor the farmhouse or rustic look.
Newspaper print can make a unique brightly colored wrap or a monotone colored one for the daily news readers in your life.
Old maps or atlas pages make an appropriate wrap for the wanderers and travelers you know.
Pages from magazines, un-wanted old books, and music pages are all wonderful alternatives to traditional wrap that can be an added as a personalized touch.
GIFT WRAPPING SUSTAINABLY – USE BASKETS
Who doesn’t love a wonderful basket? They make the most beautiful presentation when gifting. Fill with just about anything. Food, wine, kitchen wares, bath supplies, crafting supplies, and tools. The list could go on. Add a handmade bow and your set to go.
These are just a few alternatives and sustainable gift wrapping ideas that are eco-friendly. Creating beautifully wrapped packages from any of these methods will surely earn you a big thank you from the recipient, and from the environment as well.
Have additional ideas for wrapping that you’ve used? Love to hear about them! Share with us by commenting below.
Which sustainable gift wrapping options will you be using this holiday season?
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Thank you for sharing the different ways of gift wrapping. We did not even think about fabric!
My pleasure Lisa! I’m always looking for unique ways to wrap gifts in a sustainable way.
I love these eco friendly gift wrapping ideas! Using fabric is such a nice touch.
I love that you provided the downloadable pdf to help with ideas on how to gift wrap in a sustainable way. I also enjoy reusing baskets to place gifts in.
These are great! I am definitely into the rustic and natural looks for the holidays. I also like the maps and pages look. This has inspired me to be more creative in my gift-wrapping!
Thanks! Great ideas for sustainable gift wrapping.
These are really creative, smart ideas! We do try to be conscious of these choices too! GIFT WRAPPING THE SUSTAINABLE WAY makes great sense.
Not only are these sustainable ways to wrap gifts, but they are SO cute! I love the idea of wrapping things in an old map. That totally fits my style…AND I think I have some old maps laying around from past trips!
I love the idea of using kitchen towels for gift wrapping sustainably. It is also thoughtfuly for the chef.
Great ideas, Suzan! Thank you for sharing with us on Farm Fresh Tuesdays! Happy New Year!
Susan, thank you for sharing these great gift wrapping ideas at Happiness is Homemade LInk Party. I’m sharing as one of my weekly features on my Monday Memo newsletter. Merry Christmas.
Thank you so much, Carol! I appreciate the feature & for you taking the time to stop by!
I have some baskets I was going to donate and now seeing your idea I will use one of them to create a present. I love the other sustainable wrapping ideas as well. Thanks for sharing on #ohmyheartsiegirls #omhgff last week which gives me the opportunity to feature your post! Be sure to stop by and share again!
Thank you for reading Karren & for featuring the article. Love to hear when something resonates with a reader 🙂
Thank you for sharing this with us at the Homestead Blog Hop. I’m just stopping by to let you know it has been chosen as one of our features this week! Happy wrapping! 🙂
What a great idea! Will use!
Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Happy Holiday!
Such fun ideas! I love that there are so many ways to wrap up a gift and offer another at the same time!
Great post, love your ideas. I’d seen some, but some were new to me which I love!!
Thank you, Tracy! Hope you can try out some that are new to you.