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Green Alternatives to Traditional Holiday Gift Wrap

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Yes, it is only the beginning of October but the fact is that most of us have begun (or at least thinking about) holiday gift shopping already. When you do go out gift shopping the one thing you should skip on if you want to be a little more environmentally responsible is store brought gift wrap. Instead ease the paper load in landfills (and the load on your wallet as well) by choosing one of these great green gift wrap alternatives.

Last Year’s Gift Bags – Many of us have a stash of gift bags in the basement or a kitchen drawer saved from gifts we’ve received. Instead of leaving them there cut the old tags off and reuse them. And if you are one of those people who simply cannot give a present in a gift bag without a filler use the paper from the paper shredder at work instead of tissue paper

A Gift within a Gift – Why not wrap the earrings you have bought for your sister in law in a nice cozy winter scarf? Or the video game for your nephew in a trendy t shirt? All it takes is a little clever folding and a few pieces of scrap ribbon to secure it all and you have the ultimate no waste holiday present(s).

Make Your Own Gift Bags – Have some scraps of material lying around? Or an old blouse or pair of jeans that you haven’t worn in years? Put them to good use by using the fabric to create re-useable cloth gift bags. Here’s how to make a simple one but if you have a basic knowledge of sewing you could really go to town:

Determine the desired width and length of your bag, then calculate fabric total width (width + 2 cm/3/4 in) x total length ([length x 2] + 14 cm/5-1/2 in); with right sides together, fold in half so the short edges are even; using 1 cm (3/8 in) seam allowance, stitch each side edge and then simply turn the right side out. Easy enough for anyone to do and can be adapted to make any size bag.

Magazines and Newspapers – A great picture from a magazine or an interesting page from a newspaper may be able to be reused as great gift wrap.

One final note – Even if you decide to go green this year and use an alternative to traditional store bought gift warp chances are that many of your friends and family will not. Instead of ripping those wrappers off this year though remove them carefully and save the wasteful wrap to be reused next year, making the whole season a little greener.

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