Simple and Eco-friendly Solutions for All That Holiday Wrapping

Contrary to popular belief, most wrapping paper is not recyclable. In fact, those that do place these papers in their recycling bins with good intention, are actually contaminating an entire batch of recycling.

That means 2.3 million pounds of the shiny, glittery version ends up in our landfills each year. Much of that happens at Christmas time.

Fortunately, there are many options for reducing this waste, and these options are slowly becoming more and more popular. I am here to help the word get out. I have for you some of the most eco-friendly, economical, fun and simple ways to wrap your gifts.

Following are 9 simple and eco-friendly solutions for all that holiday wrapping. Let’s go!

Recycled/Recyclable Paper

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Recycled wrapping paper is a solution for all that holiday wrapping!

Craft paper rolls work great for wrapping. You can either purchase them in their original brown state, or find some in fun holiday colors like I did. Just make sure the paper isn’t shiny or glittery as that kind cannot be recycled.

Still a little too plain for your tastes? Give the kids something fun to do by getting out all the crayons, markers and paints and letting them have at it!

Old Clothing Items

Do you have a bag of clothing you were planning to donate? Find it and use some of those pieces to wrap your gifts instead!

Check out this adorable idea for using old t-shirts Furoshiki style!

Reusable Bags

reusable bag
Reusable bags are an eco-friendly solution to all that holiday wrapping.

Reusable bags are wonderful resources for carrying out our eco-friendly shopping trips. In fact, many of us have extra on hand from picking them up at promotional tables and the like. So why not try something like this for your giftwrapping needs?

This adds an additional gift as well!

Handmade Bows & Tags

homemade gift tags
Homemade gift tags are an eco-friendly solution for all that holiday wrapping.

I bet you didn’t realize just how easy it could be to create your own bows and tags for giftwrapping. Here are 72 fun ways to do your own:

Embellishments from Nature

gifts wrapped naturally, using pinecones, etc
Nature is an eco-friendly solution for all that holiday wrapping.

There are so many ways to embellish your kraft recycled paper using items from your own backyard. Check out this video for some inspiration.

Children’s Artwork

children creating artwork
Children’s artwork is an eco-friendly solution for all that holiday wrapping.

You know all that old artwork your child brings home from school that you can’t find a use for? Now you’ve got one!

Here’s one way to do it!

Thrift Store Finds

People tend to be a little excessive at the holidays. Their leftovers can be found in any of your local thrift shops. Decorations of all sorts are plentiful there, and oftentimes you can also find things like gently used gift bags, tags, bows, etc.

It doesn’t even have to be specifically for holiday wrapping. The possibilities are endless and oh so affordable!

Reuse Old Packaging

We are constantly receiving items in some sort of packaging. That could be anything from items you receive in the mail to promotional items you pick up at a local fair. Save all those packaging odds and ends up over the year and you will have a good head start on your eco-friendly holiday wrapping.

Use a Gift

You can even double the gifting by wrapping your gift inside another item your recipient would enjoy. Items such as reusable shopping bags, throws, scarves, and handkerchiefs all work really well.

Do you have a favorite way to wrap your gifts more sustainably? Please share with us below!

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