Green Holiday Gift Wrap 101

By | December 21, 2009

newspaper as gift wrapWrapping paper from holiday gifts is largely to blame for a 25% spike in curbside trash volume between Thanksgiving & New Year’s Day, according to the EPA.

What is the eco-minded gift-giver to do?

The best thing to do if you are giving physical gifts this season is to wrap them in an eco-friendly way. You can make the wrapping a part of the gift, something that can be used for another purpose afterwords, or just use plainer wraps made from recycled materials.

Here are a few ways to give a thoughtfully wrapped present and give back to the Earth too.

Use a Container as Gift Wrap:
Containers make great no-wrapping-needed packaging. It’ll give the recipient a little hint as to what’s inside, but your creative wrapping will get years of use.

  • Wooden wine boxes, baskets or tins
  • Watering can or garden bucket
  • Mixing bowls or a stock pot
  • Canvas shopping bag
  • Scarves or handkerchiefs
  • Towels
  • Blankets

Use Art as Gift Wrap:
When you wrap your gifts with art work you can personalize them for each recipient.

  • Outdated maps, old posters, sheet music or leftover lightweight wallpaper
  • Newspapers, foreign newspapers are great or the Sunday comics
  • Kids artwork
  • Magazine images

Use Recycled Gift Wrap:
To reuse gift wrap is a great way to extend the life of a product.

  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper or bag from last year

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  4. eWrapz

    Great tips! It is so important to reduce all of the waste that is associated with something as wonderful as holiday gift giving! I am so passionate about “greening” the gifting process that I started my own little eco-gift wrap company last year. eWrapz ( is reusable fabric gift wrap that is stylish and easy to use. Just another option for making holiday gift wrapping more eco-friendly!

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