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Going Green: Tips for a Green Holiday Season #2

Adventurer B

With the holidays here, it’s time to “think green.”  So here is your second batch of holiday-themed green tips for the month of December.   Did you know that in the U.S., the annual trash from gift wrap and shopping bags totals more than four million tons? 

So, here are some eco-friendly ideas to consider when wrapping holiday gifts:

  • Look for wrapping paper with recycled content.
  • Stay away from shiny!  Foil or metallic wrapping paper is difficult to recycle.
  • Reuse gift wrap where possible—gift bags and large sheets of wrapping paper may be used again.
  • Get creative!  Gift bags can be made using fabric scraps, or wrapping can be made using newspaper, old calendars, maps, and posters.

And, I love this concept.  Every paper product from Botanical Paper Works is made from recycled office paper with embedded wildflower seeds.  How fun is that?!  So, you can plant your holiday cards and tags (they cost about $1 to $2 each) as soon as spring comes.  Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

Let us know your ideas for reusing gift wrap or anything else holiday by commenting below.  DING! You are now free to be Green.