Wednesday, December 18, 2013
12 Days of Christmas: Eco-Friendly Wrapping
However- we're trying to be a little more eco-friendly, and that has inspired some major changes!
We all know, based on my LIVING ON LESS series that I have no shame in re-using a bag someone else has given us. I think in general all gift bags should be re-gifted until they're falling apart.
But what happens next?
My goal is to send as little as possible to the landfill, so here's a post to hopefully inspire you to rethink how you wrap as well.
For starters- let's talk about paper. Most Christmas wrapping paper is heavily foiled and dyed, making it totally un-compostable and at times, not even recyclable. I found this paper at Hobby Lobby, it is very standard and has the same feel as paper bags from the grocery store. The dye is minimal. I am positive it is easily recyclable and possibly compostable. BUT- there are several companies I discovered during this search that sell 100% compostable paper! That's the most eco-friendly option. Here are a few, OF THE EARTH, SWEET ORGANICS + NATURALS and BUYGREEN.
Additionally, you may consider wrapping presents in fabric in the Japanese style, Furoshiki. The fabric can be part of the gift or reused. The link takes you to a site where you can both buy the cloth and see all kinds of techniques for how wrap.
I have an aunt who sewed a series of pillowcase-like bags to use for wrapping presents in each year. Lastly, if you want to buy pre made versions, Hobby Lobby has really cute burlap (even though my hatred for burlap is well documented) bags with "Merry Christmas" stamped on them in red. They're pretty huge, too.
My goal is to buy up a bunch of Christmas fabric after it goes on sale next week and go all out Furoshiki from now on. Maybe for fabric I don't take back, I'll include a pattern for the appropriate amount of fabric needed to wrap the gift :)
More to come this week, including DIY gifts and cute Christmas-themed accessories!
All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!