Sustainable Gift Wrap Alternatives
Let’s be honest, we all appreciate a beautifully wrapped gift. Whether we’re handed one at a party or see one sitting under a tree; it simpy shows an additional layer of thoughtfulness and creativity amidst one of the busiest times of the year.
Why not elevate your gift wrapping this holiday season by using some sustainable alternatives to all of the wrapping paper, bubble wrap, and cello sheets out there? Not only will you show your loved ones how much you care about them but also how much you care about the environment! These sustainable gift wrapping alternatives are easy to find - you might already have some in your home. Not only are they practical (i.e. can be used for other gifts year round) but they are inexpensive too. Most big box stores carry a variety of tea towels, baskets and bins however your local thrift store is sure to have these items as well.
Gift wrapping this way provides a creative opportunity to use natural, resuable and recycable materials in new and interesting ways. Whether it’s by incorporating some fresh greenery, using a beautiful tote bag, or wrapping something up in a tea towel - there are so many routes that you can go (check out some more ideas here)!
Sustainable Gift Wrapping Alternatives
Card Board Box
Card board boxes such as these are a great way to package gifts such as clothing or delicate pieces that need a lot of protection. Do your best to re-use them over and over again, until its time for them to be recycled.
Woven baskets are the perfect sustainable gift wrapping alternative for heavy gifts! They're sturdy and can hold a lot; and the best part is, they can be used afterwards for all sorts of things!
Instead of tape, I generally try to use hemp, ribbon or twine when wrapping gifts.
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To help out with any shopping angst, we’ve put together a guide of thoughtful, creative, and sustainable gifts for this holiday season. The key behind a lot of them is that they are consumable - aka you appreciate it, enjoy it and then are able to recycle or reuse the item.
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