How to Use Green Gift Wrap This Holiday Season
"If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields," according to Stanford University. So this holiday season let's think green and use gift wrappings that are environmentally friendly.
Eco-chick recently highlighted some great quick tips for holiday gift wrap:
- Put gifts in reusable bags, baskets or boxes. It’s classy, and it’s a whole other gift in itself. No worries about this sort of packaging ending up in the trash!
- Instead of bows, use ornaments, hair barrettes, brooches, key chains or other small decorative items that’ll get reused.
- Avoid wrapping paper with foil accents. Metallic and foil papers usually can’t be recycled, and in some recycling facilities, if they end up in the mix with other paper, they can ruin a whole batch, making it totally unusable.
- Turn to nature for inspiration. Pine cones, branches, acorns and feathers can provide an unexpected decorative touch.
Three places to visit to find eco-friendly wrapping paper are: Amy Butler, Erin Ruth and Whimsy. Also check out Green Earth Office Supplies to purchase materials that are better for the earth, like clear cellulose tape and recycled gummed paper tape.