For 5 easy ways to make your holiday wrapping “green” this holiday season, consider the following suggestions. Mother Nature will thank you!
1. Discover what materials you already have
You may find that you already have tons of wrapping materials that you saved from last year or you might have a creative revelation of what materials you can use just by taking a moment to think about what you already have.
2. Give newspaper, magazines or maps a new meaning
Use newspaper to wrap your gifts. Try saving the comics page to make your gift a more humorous package. Interesting images from magazines can also be a great way to wrap smaller sized gifts. Learn to make your own newspaper or magazine bows (using these links from Pinterest: bit.ly/1zHUGng and bit.ly/1zcWhmg). Maps can also be used to wrap gifts for a loved one who loves to travel or to serve as a reminder of an awesome trip you took together.
3. Use brown paper grocery bags
Cut a brown paper grocery bag along its seams to turn it into one flat sheet. Wrap your gift with any unwanted designs/ graphics facing the inside. You can leave wrapping plain and add a simple ribbon or a small pine branch for a festive touch. You can also add designs to the paper using stamps or you can make custom stamps by cutting a sponge into a Christmas tree or other design.
4. Use reusable bags or totes
Reusable bags or totes are a great way to wrap a present. You are not only giving the gift inside the bag but the bag can be re-purposed as well! Consider buying multiple tote bags from a charity of your choice and use the totes to wrap your gifts. This is a great way to give back to a charity and to Mother earth.
5. Consider a new tradition
Use an eco-friendly wrapping cloth like a traditional Japanese furoshiki. These cloths can be wrapped in multiple different ways and are reusable. Learn more about different furoshiki wrapping techniques here: http://furoshiki.com/techniques. If you want to make your own twist on this tradition, consider wrapping your gift with a scarf.