Nothing says Christmas morning like the sound of wrapping paper being torn from gifts. If you have children you just can’t give up wrapping paper. At least I can’t. It’s like a right of childhood to be able to tear open a gift on Christmas morning.
Tied fabric, creative gift boxes, reusable gift bags, those are all wonderfully eco-ways to save some trees and have a green Christmas, but they may lack a little of that old fashioned holiday magic the kids look forward to.
There are easy wyas to still be eco-savvy without giving up wrapping paper.
You can do it the old fashioned way of wrapping presents in the comics sections from the newspaper. Maps and colorful magazine pages also have the same effect. You still get to rip and tear off the paper.
Then there’s the reused wrapping paper. Save scraps of old paper to wrap smaller gifts in at a later date. This is a fun way to revisit Christmases past.
A great way to use gift wrap while still being eco-friendly is by using recycled wrap. Many places now sell recycled wrapping paper made from 100% post consumer waste. Online you can find recycled gift wrap at Fish Lips Paper Designs and Sweet Organics and Naturals.
Some retailers also offer tree free wrapping paper made from hemp and bamboo fibers. Nice but perhaps a little pricey for something that is going to be shredded and tossed in the recycling bin.
If none of those solutions are your style at least opt for wrapping paper that can be recycled. So avoid the ultra shiny wrap with foil and sparkles. And make sure all that wrapping paper ends up in the recycling bin and not the trash.
Save the more more eco-friendly wrapping solutions for the adults on your list with reusable fabric bags from retailers like Lucky Crow, Reusable Bags, and Green Wraps. They’ll appreciate them more and not be so disappointed by the lack of paper to tear.
[This post was written by Wenona Napolitano.]