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Wrap And Roll: Earth Friendly Wrapping Tips

Published on November 26, 2010 by   ·   3 Comments Pin It

Did you know that in the US alone, an additional 5 million (an equivalent to 25% more garbage) tons of waste is generated during the winter holidays? Astonishing, isn’t it? It makes us gag when we see piles of wrapping paper ripped open, then tossed in the trash.  Most people don’t even recycle the wrapping paper.  Get with it, wasting is so 1980.  Why not try wrapping in old newspaper, magazines, thrift store fabric and ribbons, or brown paper bags?  We love “wrapping” in tote bags that can be reused by the recipient, or burlap sacks that oranges comes in.

Cut up old subway maps or music sheets to form his/ her name, or craft a bow from junk mail!

The Lyzitote is a washable oilcloth tote with a drawstring ripstop liner. No need for tissue paper, the liner conceals and protects everything, and you can add a little gift note in the front pocket. These totes can thendouble as overnight bags, purses, picnic baskets, grocery bags and more.

LyziTotes, $10

Another idea: Bobo Wrap, perfectly sized scarves that are meant to be used as wrapping, then morph into part of the gift as they are beautiful silk-free scarves!  Some of them even do triple duty as cross-shoulder bags and halter tops!

Here’s a basic wrapping tutorial:

Wrap and Roll!

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. Adrienne says:

    I love these ideas! Even as a kid, I felt wrapping paper was such a waste. I do recognize the element of “surprise”, so for those occasions, I use pretty department store carrier bags or re-use stationery paper bags that I get. No one seems to mind that their gift isn’t “properly” wrapped and appreciate that my “thought” (that counts) is for the environment. I even forgo “proper” greeting cards and write my own thoughts on some kind of pretty recycled paper I have saved. I can also, then, spend that much more on the gift :-). Try it, you’ll like it and so will your loved ones!

  2. Leslie Perez says:

    You are my aspiration, I have few blogs and very sporadically run out from brand :). “He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.” by George Orwell.

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