Monday, April 25, 2016

Eco-friendly Gift-Wrapping Ideas

Wrapping paper makes our gifts look extra special, but they often end up in the trash bin once the present is opened. Look instead to these alternatives to make gift giving more eco-friendly.


Recycled paper
Wrapping paper isn't as biodegradable as other types of paper. There's a better alternative -- brown recycled paper, which you can purchase at most craft stores. Use this instead. Decorate it by painting over the surface or drawing designs on the paper; you can also leave it bare, as is, for an understated yet elegant look. Wrap a bow around the gift for the full effect.


Newspapers
Newspapers can also be gussied up with only a length of ribbon or twine. Turn them into boxes or bags that the gift's recipient can repurpose or recycle the next day.


Gift boxes and bags
Gift boxes and bags can be reused as containers at home. It's a thoughtful gesture for the environment and for your loved ones, too -- it's like giving them a second, and very useful, gift. 


Sacks and pouches
Opt for sacks and pouches to put your gifts in-- your friends and family can use them as bags the next day.


Baskets
Highly functional and decorative to boot, you can be sure that this option won’t end up thrown away like typical packaging. Gift it to your most special friends and loved ones.


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