Creative Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Gift
With every gift you give or receive, give a gift to our planet by reducing
waste and reusing gift wrapping materials. Not only will you save money,
but you will also be contributing to save our planet.
Here are some easy ways to help reduce waste during holiday wrapping:
Did you know if every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon,
the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet?
If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials,
it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. The 2.65
billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football
field 10 stories high. If every person sent one less card, approximately
19 million pounds of paper would be saved which is the equivalent of
- Be creative. Find alternatives to wrapping in new wrapping paper.
A gift wrapped in something interesting such as magazines, scarves,
children’s drawings for example, is going to get grab more attention
that ordinary holiday paper.
- If you are shopping for gift-wrap, try and find paper containing
the highest percentage of recycled content.
- Say no to retail store boxes. Use cereal, pasta, shoe, other household
boxes and containers to package gifts. It will also help add to the
element of surprise.
- Forget the bow. Bows use a lot of ribbon and there are more creative
ways to enhance a gift then a ribbon bow. Find decorative items to
attach to the top of the box to enhance the gift.
- Save all wrapping paper, tissue, ribbons, gift bags and boxes you
receive and reuse them.
In the past, it was considered in bad taste to reuse gift wrapping but
now that our environmental awareness has changed, rewrapping gifts with
used gift-wrap, cards and ribbons has become the stylish thing to do.
I have created projects that can be created by reusing and recycling
gift wrapping supplies to help reduce the amount of new gift wrap materials
used during the holidays. I also have fun projects for all of the used
wrapping materials to create after the dust settles and the last holiday
gift has been unwrapped. Recycling and reusing gift wrap
Support reusing and recycling gift wrap materials by including a Green
Gift Receipt with every gift you give so you can build awareness on
how to reuse gift wrapping supplies.
Click here to download a printable Green Gift Receipt. Please print
on recycled paper.