Your green gifts have all been bought, and if you're a last minute wrapper like me, it's time to unload them from the hall closet, try to figure out which gifts are for whom, and devise a tasteful way to regift that sweater Aunt Agnes gave you last year (after all, regifting is a very green concept). You wouldn't want to undo all your green efforts by using needless paper, foil, tape, ribbons, and bows. I'm happy to "present" to you some import eco-conscious gift wrapping tips:
1. Pack with a Biodegradable Flare
Rather than Stryofoam packing peanuts, why not just use real peanuts? Instead of bubble wrap or tissue paper, opt for popcorn, grass, or rice. You could also shred that pile of paper recycleables to make a festive confetti stuffing.
Martha Stewart Offers Tasteful, Eco-Conscious Stuffing Alternatives
Most plastic coated wrapping paper is not recyclable. What's more, the foil and metallic varieties are the worst kind, as some may even contain traces of lead. Opt for recycled aluminum foil varieties for your wrapping. As for those shiny ribbons, choose hemp twine or raffia from Amazon.
Twine or Hemp: Eco Friendly Alternatives to Shiny Bows and Ribbons
3. Specialty Green Wrapping Paper
As going green becomes a growing trend, more and more eco-conscious wrapping paper alternatives are appearing on store shelves. The Gift Wrap Company offers green alternatives at Amazon. Another option, "Of the Earth" specializes in eco-conscious gift wrap. Available in both solid colors and festive patterns, these wrapping paper choices are made from fiber strong enough to be reused. The holiday wrapping paper even comes with springtime wildflower seeds for planting later in the year. The site even offers eco-conscious ribbons and trimmings.
Of the Earth Offers Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper Options
4. Re-gift with Re-usables
Whenever possible, go with the gift bag or decorative gift box. If you're afraid that will seem lazy or cheap (I, for one, am not afraid of this assumption), use cloth to wrap your gifts. One Japanese company offers a tasteful and eco-conscious specialty wrapping cloth. According to their site, Furoshiki "promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste; Furoshiki is the eco-friendly wrapping cloth. Using techniques similar to origami, it can be used for gift wrapping, grocery shopping, or simply as decor." Books on the festive art of fabric gift wrap are available through Amazon.
Save Paper By Wrapping with Reusable Items Such as Cloth
5. Use What You Got
Thanks to innovations such GPS systems and GoogleMaps, road maps are quickly becoming relics and so, too, are newspapers. Why not use those ancient mediums for wrapping paper this Christmas? Give your gifts an antique look with the icons of yesteryear - maps and newspapers.
Maps and Newspapers Make Authentic and Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper
On that note, it's time I get to it. Happy Holidays everyone!
Sources: Gaiam Living and The Daily Green and Yahoo Green