December 4, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Angie Gregory, Contributing Writer, Sustainability)
Tags: Gift Wrapping, gift wrapping alternative, resiliency, Sustainability, sustainable holidays, Wrapping Paper
Reusable & Creative Wrapping Alternatives
Alright, it’s here. We have turned the corner into winter and holiday season is upon us. There is excitement and anticipation and joy ahead (as well as a healthy dose of anxiety and stress). I usually reflect on the previous year’s gift giving and how to come up with original ideas this year that save us money, time, and just feel good. This year I’m focusing on hand-made because I know it feels good for me to get creative. I purchased materials I was excited about (felt fabric) and could create a myriad of projects from (french press cozies, pencil holders, bookmarks, ornaments, pot holders, etc). I also realized that some of the things I make regularly anyway are enjoyed by others and to celebrate that. Are you known for your cooking or baking? Do people love the photos you take? The other year we cut out family pictures and put them into old bottle caps and covered them with epoxy resin, and put a circular magnet on the back as keepsakes. Spending less on tangible things and focusing more on giving hand-made helps us tap back into the idea that it’s about the gesture and not the grandeur.
Wrapping paper is often just used once and then thrown away. I wanted to share some sweet, easy, and achievable ideas I have seen as alternatives to traditional gift wrap… Read what ideas Angie shares this month…
December 25, 2012 at 9:00 am (Sustainability)
Tags: Christmas, Environment, gift wrap, Recycling, sustainablity, Wrapping Paper
It’s a Wrap! Time to Recycle!
Gift wrap IS recyclable! Reuse what you can and toss the ripped up stuff into your paper recycling bin (Do not include gift wrap with metallic ink, glitter, or foil). When opening gifts, use a brown paper bag to capture gift wrap, tissue paper, greeting cards, envelopes and boxes.
Unwrapping gifts this morning? Have a mini-mountain of wrapping paper, or pieces strewn across your living room? Did you know that all wrapping paper is recyclable (except wrapping paper with foil)? Recycle your wrapping paper this year with your other paper.
Also, keep in mind that all cardboard gift boxes, tissue paper, gift cards and paper shopping bags are recyclable (just no foil or glitter), and you might be able to bring Styrofoam packing peanuts to the UPS store for reuse.
On the other hand, ribbons, bows and tinsel cannot be recycled are not. Next year (or for any other special gift giving occasion), try making your own gift bows from old magazine pages. Check out this tutorial from How About Orange.
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December 26, 2007 at 8:30 am (Craft Ideas, Ecology, Family, Howto, Links, Suggested Activity)
Tags: Gift Wrapping, Recycling, Wrapping Paper
CURING THE WRAPPING PAPER BLUES
Is the guilt of throwing out all that wrapping paper, tissue paper and greeting cards getting to you? It’s too late to start over with the wrapping paper, but next year consider reusing this year’s wrapping paper, making fabric bags or selecting eco-friendly papers, such as Gaiam’s Seed Wrapping Paper or Recycled Holiday Wrapping Paper offered over at My Green House. As for now, here are some ideas on what to do with all that pretty paper:
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