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Greenly: That’s a Wrap!

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Taking cues from nature, I’ve rounded up my favorite green gift-wrapping ideas.

Did you know that we throw away about 25% more trash during the holidays than any other time of the year[1]? From shopping bags to holiday cards, it adds up fast!

While I’ve always been one for décor inspired by nature, I’m also finding myself increasingly inspired to take­ an earth friendly approach when it comes to holiday decorating. This year, I’m focusing my efforts on reassessing holiday gift-wrap, striving to make it as sustainable as possible.

So with the holiday season in full swing, I’ve rounded up a few green gift-wrapping ideas that are sure to inspire us all! Check out the full board on Pinterest.

1 Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


Do you have any suggestions for sustainable gift-wrap? Weigh in with your favorite green wrapping idea in the comments below.

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio
Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn. more
  • Laura L. 3 years ago
    The bath salts or sugar scrub idea is the easiest gift to make for someone, you can wash out a spaghetti sauce jar or jelly jar, reuse a ribbon or bow from something else, a label from another gift or leftover wrapping from something you bought, a little sea salt or ordinary white sugar that you may already have in the house, plus about 10-20 drops of essential oils (which is available on sale at TJMaxx, Ross, and Marshalls in the Health & Beauty section) and you've got a gift that would've cost $10-$30 retail, plus all the leftovers are recyclable once it's been used up!
  • Laura L. 3 years ago
    I would have thought it was way more than 25% more trash during the holidays, I see so much piled up at my neighbor's houses on trash days in December it makes me sad. I feel like grabbing it up and recycling it, but I don't want to be the weirdo on the block lol. Now that we have cardboard pickup at our curbside recycling though, I might do it this year. Most of what gets tossed in plastic bags and boxes.
  • Clovia D. 3 years ago
    Sunday comics
    from the newspaper
  • Ruth S. 6 years ago
    I like to sew so I make different size gift bags with drawstrings for most gifts. It's nice to see how many times they go around each year. I give one to my daughter and the next year I see my nephew with a gift in it. When they start to wear out I get them back so I can make something smaller. My kids used to call me cheap but now I'm thrifty.
  • Debbie H. 6 years ago
    I purchased fabric to wrap gifts in. It can be reused over and over.
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