The majority of holiday gift givers are not aware of how to practice eco friendly gift wrapping techniques. Every year during the holiday season there is a drastic increase in the amount of paper that is wasted due to the amount of paper products that are used to package and wrap gifts. By utilizing more eco friendly gift wrapping techniques you can help cut back on the amount of waste this year. Here are some creative eco friendly gift wrapping suggestions for you to try out.
1. Used paper is a simple eco friendly gift wrapping choice
Although it can be fun to rip through the paper when opening presents, it pays to be a little more careful when unwrapping your presents so that you can keep the wrapping paper in one nice piece that can be re-used as a more eco friendly gift wrapping method.
2. Gift bags are eco friendly gift wrapping options that can be re-used again and again
Gift bags don’t get worn out like wrapping paper does, so it can easily be kept and re-used. Gift bags look nice and they don’t require any re-forming, re-shaping or taping into place so they don’t get bent out of shape and can be used a number of times as they get passed on from person to person.
3. Brown paper bags can be used as eco friendly gift wrapping paper
Small brown paper bags can be re-used for wrapping gifts for all ages and genders. Large paper bags from the grocery store can be cut open and used to wrap presents in the same way you would use wrapping paper, only it’s free, and it can be recycled, unlike some of the waxy coated wrapping papers.
4. Newspaper is an eco friendly gift wrapping paper alternative
Using the plain black and white printed newspaper pages to wrap gifts saves paper and gives gifts a funky, artistic flair. You can even use the comics section of the paper to add a light, amusing aspect to your gift wrap for your friends who would appreciate the added humor, and it serves as a comical card so you can save more paper and money by not needing to include a card!
5. Kid’s artwork can be used for meaningful and eco friendly gift wrapping paper
Turn your kid’s artwork into a meaningful piece of wrapping paper. Grandparents will love receiving a gift that is wrapped with special paper that’s been hand colored just for them!
6. Create a gift basket that doesn’t need to be wrapped!
Gift baskets are a gift that doesn’t require any wrapping paper at all. They make beautiful gifts when they are left unwrapped so that all of the goodies inside the basket can be seen. You can make a gift basket look extra special by decorating it with fresh flowers, or if you really want to wrap it up you can tie a piece of fabric around it with some string. You can also use reusable containers like tins, bottles or jars as creative gift holders.
7. Eco friendly gift wrapping solution: make the gift wrap part of the present
You could give a gift of different kitchen items by placing the smaller items inside of a larger container like a pot or a mixing bowl. Then you can wrap the gift in a kitchen towel that can be used in the kitchen as well. You could also give a spa related gift full of bath salts, aromatherapy candles, bubble bath and wrap it in a extra large bath towel. If you really want to make sure your gift wrap for these gifts is eco friendly you can wrap your gift in organic cotton towels or bamboo towels.
This holiday season you can do your part to help decrease unessesary waste just by trying out some of these creative and eco friendly gift wrapping ideas. If you want some additional ideas check out our eco friendly holiday board on Pinterest or techniques of how to wrap your gifts in fabric you can refer to this helpful website.