It’s the season for gift giving; homes will be filled with plenty of gifts, which come with wrapping paper and boxes. Unfortunately most of the wrapping paper and boxes will end up in the local landfill causing a 30% bump in landfill waste due to these gift add-ons over the holidays. Here are a couple ideas to minimize the waste and be more environmentally friendly.
Use some left-over fabric to make a gift bag. If you can sew, put together a 2 or 4 sided bag with some handles. If you can not sew, just take a large towel, lay the gifts in the center and then tie the top together with some ribbon and other decoration of choice. These fabric gift bags can then be used later throughout the year by the one receiving the gift.
Use reusable shopping bags that are now becoming quite popular. Shopping bags come in an assortment of styles and colors. Yes they may have a company’s logo or an ad on the side, so what, it shows you are a leader in being green.
There are many ways to make the wrapping part of the gift. Don’t just give a movie DVD, give a movie night. Place the DVD, popcorn, bottle of wine and maybe some cheese into a large mixing bowl or food container. You can also use scarves, bath towels and handkerchiefs to help decorate and package your items in the container.
This year, think outside the box.