Three tips to make your holiday gift giving even greener!
Tip #1: The Power of Paper (Repurpose)
Newspaper is an easy and classic way to wrap presents, but is often seen as the cheapskate’s way out. No longer! Get creative and dye it with food coloring, or paint on it with watercolor or tempera paints. Cutting out pictures from magazines, comics, or old greeting cards and gluing them on to make a personalized collage are other ways to make a newspaper-wrapped gift look a little more special. Use environmentally friendly glitter to make it extra festive, or just draw on it with markers, crayons, or colored pencils, or use a stamp (all of which are awesome projects for young environmentalists)!
You can also reuse brown paper bags in a similar way. Just cut along the glued seams and it gives you a big piece of paper to work with. This solid brown wrapping has a nice rustic look that is complimented by a simple, earthy ribbon like cotton or hemp twine. If you make it look good, it will make you feel good to know that you are offsetting the environmental implications of gift giving!
Tip #2: Give the Gift That Keeps on Giving (Reduce)
Of course, our very favorite way to give (and receive) gifts is to wrap it in something that is useful and will continue to be used. Instead of wrapping, save time and energy and put your present in one of our recycled silk drawstring gift bags! Made from recycled silk sari material in India, they come in all kinds of beautiful colors and styles, plus they fold up really small and are perfect for throwing in your purse or your pocket when you're on the go. Most importantly, they will help reduce your gift recipients footprint, and will prevent excess trash far beyond the holidays!
Tip #3: Furoshiki - An Ancient Japanese Wrapping Art (Reuse)
There is an ancient practice that originates in Japan called Furoshiki. The practice is the use of a cloth wrapping for transport of goods, aesthetic design, and gift wrapping, and this origami-esque textile art transforms textiles into sustainable wrapping alternatives. Some useful textiles that could make great wrapping are colorful tapestries, beautiful boho chic curtains, Indonesian batik sarongs or funky scarves.
Tip #4: Traditional Gift Wrapping Practices (Recycle)
If more traditional wrappings are just irrefutably your style, gift bags and tissue paper can be a more environmentally friendly option than wrapping paper. When opening your gifts, do what you can to save your favorite paper so you can reuse and regift it for another occassion. If you receive a lot of paper wrapping, make sure you separate it from your trash and responsibly recycle it. Bows and string can also be recycled and reused for the next time around, you can keep the sprit of the holidays alive and well for many seasons if you do it right!
Together, let’s do what we can to reduce our dependence on disposability this holiday season, and say Happy Holidays to not just our friends and family, but to our planet as well! ✌️❤️🌏
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