Thousands of tons of holiday wrapping paper, tissue paper, metallic and plastic bows, ribbons, etc. are purchased each season. Many trees are destroyed, and lots of chemicals are released in the production process of these decorations.
After the holidays the wrappings usually end up in the trash and sent to a landfill, where they take a long time to decompose. Or, if you were to burn them, they would give off toxic gases. Either option is not very merry for the planet.
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 afterwards, or just use plainer wraps made from recycled materials.
Here are the top 5 green choices for holiday wrapping:
1- outdated maps, old posters, sheet music or leftover lightweight wallpaper
2- newspapers (foreign newspapers are my favorite) or the Sunday comics
3- kids’ artwork
4- old wooden wine boxes, baskets or tins
5- scarves or handkerchiefs