Monday, December 19, 2011

Eco-Friendly Wrapping Ideas

I read that households produce 25 percent more waste during the holidays mostly from all the wrapping paper, ribbons and bows. When you think of all of the households celebrating around the world, that is a lot of extra waste. What can we do to avoid contributing to this problem?

This year we are reusing bags from the last 2-3 years for wrapping some of our gifts. I think I also have a little leftover paper from 2 years ago. I was trying to think of ideas that I could use instead of buying more gift wrap if I need it. The following list is just ideas. I personally wouldn't do some of them, especially the pet food bag wrap or the toilet paper roll. Maybe it will get your mind going to think of ideas with the things you have around the house to wrap gifts with to save you money and be more eco-friendly.

1. Use brown paper bags from the grocery store.
2. Use comics or newspaper.
3. Use toilet paper rolls, flattened, to put gift cards in and tape the sides.
4. Use a belt, shoe laces or licorice ropes instead of ribbon.
5. Use a can or Mylar bag if you have access to the equipment to seal it.
6. Use stamps or recycled Christmas cards to decorate paper bags.
7. Use empty pet food bags to put presents in.
8. Use oatmeal canisters, cereal boxes, etc.
9. Use a balloon to put cash in and blow it up.
10. Use a purse to put a gift in.
11. Use sheets, pillowcases, blankets, towels, burp cloths, cloth diapers, shirts, socks, handkerchiefs, scarves, etc.
12. Use canning jars, covered dishes, plastic containers with lids, etc.
13. Use water bottles or reusable hot drink cups with lids.
14. Use child's artwork.
15. Old game boxes, plastic Easter eggs.
16. Make an origami container out of paper around the house or make a container using gum wrappers.

Do you have any good, interesting or creative ideas? Link up or comment and share!

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