Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping
In the spirit of the coming holidays, here are a few eco friendly ways you can wrap gifts and conserve resources too!
- Use what you already have – Find inspiration by repurposing things you already have lying around – attractive shopping bags, gift boxes you have saved, newspaper comics, store ads, catalogs, magazine pages, old maps, old calendars.
- Buy sensibly – Look for paper and bags that can eventually be recycled, fabric remnants from garage sales or thrift stores are inexpensive but great ways to wrap gifts.
- Less is more – A pretty ribbon or bow, a handmade drawing, or a personal note, goes far in decorating an otherwise simple brown bag or box wrapper.
- Get creative – Have your kids decorate the paper wrapping or label, or decorate it yourself. Reuse an old ribbon or bow from a prior gift. Buy rubber stamps and ink and go to town on a plain paper wrapper!
Use imaginative and unconventional wrappers:
- Scarf, thin towel, shirt or blanket – Make the container part of the gift! Furoshiki is the ancient Japanese art of wrapping gifts in scarves, and the recipient gets a bonus gift too! The Norwex microfiber kitchen towel is the perfect gift wrapper for small items.
- Bottles, jars – Ideal for homemade jam, or anything, really.
- Decorative cardboard gift boxes – An easy and quick way to “wrap” a gift.
- Tins – Thankfully, the art of printing pretty tins is not obsolete.
- Reusable cloth bags – Easy and quick, and useful.
- Brown paper bags – Amazing how far some tissue paper, ribbons, sparkles, and imagination can go in decorating an otherwise plain bag.
- Functional container – Our Norwex reusable produce bags or dusting mitt is a great way to present any gift and is a gift in itself.