How Tuesday:: Green Your Holiday Gift Wrapping.

It’s time to get all of those holiday gifts wrapped and ready for to be given. All the pretty paper, tags and bows only stay on the gifts for a short period of time before they are ripped off and disposed of. Here are some ideas you can use to green your holiday gift wrapping. By doing these things you can save the environment and some money at the same time.

Read All About It:: Use newspaper, comics or old magazines to wrap goodies this year. These papers are going to go into the recycling bin regardless, they may as well shine for a day wrapped up with a big reusable bow on top.

Thrifted Pattern Gift Wrap:: I love this tutorial from one of my fave shops:: Chakra Pennywhistle. Rikkianne uses vintage sewing patterns that she finds at her local thrift to wrap up gifts. How lovely is that?

Give Paper a 2nd Life:: When gifts are being opened, collect the paper, ribbon, bows and tags that could be used again next year. This will save you money and keep the gift wrap out of the landfill or recycling bin.

Just Bag It:: There are many great reusable Eco friendly bags available. Some of my favorites are from Amy Butler’s Gift Wrap Green. I really like that these bags are made from 100% post-consumer waste paper and soy based ink. They also have pretty ribbon handles with gift cards attached. After the gift is opened, make sure someone keeps the bag. {Hopefully, it will be you.}

Reusable Boxes:: These are very similar to the reusable bags, however look super cute stacked together in groups under a tree or on a bench. Try to find reusable boxes that are made using 100% post-consumer waste and again make sure someone keeps the box.

Wrap it Up:: Have you heard of Furoshiki Gift Wrapping? Watch the video, you will love it. How fun is that? You can also buy Furoshiki Wrapping on Etsy.

Tag it:: I recycle all of my holiday cards into holiday gift tags for the following year. This is a fun activity that be done with the kids and saves you from having to purchase gift tags. These gift tags are also very unique and fun.

How do you green your holiday gift wrapping?
What are your favorite ways?

Photo via Chakra Pennywhistle.


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7 Responses to How Tuesday:: Green Your Holiday Gift Wrapping.

  1. Winkydinks December 15, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    I made up a bunch of Christmas patterned drawstring bags that we will use every Christmas. The kids love them! I thought they’d miss ripping open the paper, but they really don’t.

  2. Madame Chausseurs December 15, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    I reuse just about all Xmas items: boxes, ribbon, wrapping paper, tissue paper, christmas cards, etc. My sister & I crack up when we see a particular box the 3rd time around (or more!). If wrapping paper is wrecked, I’ll just save smooth pieces and cut out design elements and glue them on cards for next year. I take large tins (like Nestle chocolate or Quaker Oats) and cover them in fabric w/ trim on edges to use as “boxes” year after year. You can do it with heavy shoe boxes too.
    I tape & re-tape boxes until they’re dead! I figure if people mistake it for “cheapness” vs. eco-chic that’s their misconception! We need to get over the concept of uber-perfection!
    Happy recycled Holidaze! Cherie

  3. Sweet Greens December 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi Winkydinks,
    I love, love, love that idea. I am going to def do that next year. How lovely. Did you follow a pattern or make your own. I would love to see. Thank you.
    Sweet Greens.

  4. Sweet Greens December 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm #

    HI Cherie,
    I agree. I love it. I use bags and boxes, over and over and over again too. I haven’t had anyone say anything negative and I agree that we need to look beyond the perfectionism of everything and realize that many things can be used over and over again. Thank you for the great tips.
    Sweet Greens.

  5. TheEclecticElement December 17, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    Those are all amazing tips!! I actually just read about greening up your holiday wrapping somewhere else and decided to use a paper bag and it turned out so fantastic, I couldn’t believe it!

    Not I’m definitely going to have to try all those other tips 🙂

  6. Sweet Greens December 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    Hi The Eclectic Element,
    It is so much easier than it seems.
    Sweet Greens.

  7. Jenzie December 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    I’ve been seeing a lot of green gift wrapping ideas lately, it’s nice to see!

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