A series to encourage making one small change to preserve our planet. “Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things.” ~ lyrics to My Favorite Things
Small Change #4: Use sustainable gift wrap this holiday season.
I love a beautifully wrapped present and while not every gift that leaves my hands is spectacular or note worthy, when time permits I do like to put a little care into my wrapping. A pretty wrapped package is just one more gesture that shows love for the receiver. The problem is, new wrapping paper is a waste. It unnecessarily uses the earth’s precious resources and unfortunately most can’t even be recycled so it goes directly into the landfill after one use.
It’s been well over a decade since I’ve bought wrapping paper, and never have I run out inspiration to make a present pretty, or materials to reuse or repurpose to do so. Here are ten ideas for sustainable gift wrap to get you going:
- Reused gift bags and wrap that come into your home
- Brown paper from either bags or sheets that often come in mail-order packages
- Pages from newspapers or magazines
- Old maps
- Repurposed fabric
- Toilet paper tubes
- Tea towels*
- Tote bags*
*Can easily be found at thrift stores.
If you have ideas that aren’t on my list, please share in the comments. Have fun making your holiday packages pretty with sustainable gift wrap!