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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Top 6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Options!
The holiday season is well upon us, and with it comes the long-standing tradition of lavishing loved ones with presents. An unfortunate consequence of the most wonderful time of the year is the amount of waste that accompanies it. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the volume of household waste in the United States increases 25 percent during the month of December.
That’s about 1 million extra tons of waste!
What’s an eco-conscious family to do?
A great way to reduce your environmental impact this holiday
season is to ditch the single-use, non-recyclable wrapping paper in favour of these original and eco-
friendly options. Gift recipients and the planet will thank you for it!
1) Brown Craft Paper and Twine
Kids will have a ball decorating the paper with eco-friendly art supplies such as
Opt for twine instead of plastic ribbon; hemp twine and cotton twine are both reusable and biodegradable.
2) Burlap Sacks
If you don’t have any at home, your local organic market or organic bulk food store might have
some extras. Not only are these bags durable, but they can also provide kids with hours of
entertainment. Can you say potato sack races?
3) Sheet Music, Maps, Magazines, Comic Books
Reuse old paper and tailor the wrapping to the recipient’s interests. A foodie might enjoy
receiving a gift wrapped in food magazine pages, while your globetrotting pal would get a kick
out of a map-wrapped present!
4) Old Fabric
Everyone has scraps of fabric lying around their houses. You can wrap the gift in fabric and
secure it with twine or, if you have prowess at the sewing machine, you can make your own gift
bags too!
5) Keep Leaf Storage Baskets or Bolga Baskets
Keep Leaf storage baskets are made with 100 percent organic cotton and come in an array of
sizes and designs. Bolga Baskets are beautiful fair trade woven baskets made in Africa.
Both are exquisite options for packaging gifts.
The best part is that they are gifts in themselves and can be used by the recipient!
6) Forego Wrapping Altogether!
This option is particularly fun for young families. Instead of wrapping gits, hide them around the
house and have a scavenger hunt! Parents can write clever clues for the kids to figure out.

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