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November/December Craft from Trash and Tip


Low-Waste Wrapping Ideas 

When thinking about the holidays and gift giving, think of ways you can wrap gifts with little to no waste. 

What you need/ideas:

  • Towel gift wrap - wrap the gift in a small towel or tea towel which can be a gift as well.
  • Fabric gift wraps - these are reusable and can be found online. Find options here: BOBO.
  • Make your own Gift Tags - reuse cards, paper and include To and From
  • Bows - reuse ribbon, string, even paper to create bows for your package.
  • Alternative to Styrofoam and tissue - shred magazines and newspapers to make your packages safe.
  • Recycled wrapping paper - look online for recycled paper. Fish Lips Paper Designs offers a variety of recycled wrapping paper.
  • Reuse items for wrapping - brown paper grocery bags, newsprint, egg cartons, plastic containers and bottles, or old maps all can make wrapping an item more fun and create less waste.



Think about your waste consumption this time of year.

Beginning Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. There is additional food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons that all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.
In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.

Holiday cards total 2.6 billion sold each year in the U.S., enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. 

By reusing just two feet of ribbons, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.

For more tips and information see the EPA Greening the Season.


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