Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Eco Friendly Wrapping Paper, Gift Tags, Ribbons and Other Gift Toppers

Christmas is just 4 days away, by now we should all be done shopping and start wrapping those presents we bought.

There is no doubt that Christmas is one of the most (if not the most) expensive holiday, not to mention, wasteful. Can you imagine how much wrapping paper, ribbons and boxes are thrown out each year? According to www.recyclenow.com wrapping paper not always recyclable. Quoting from their website:
  • wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc which cannot be recycled;
  • some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling; and
  • a lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle.
Which is why we ought to use wrapping paper that can be easily recycled or even better, re-used! Below is a list of gift wrapping ideas/gift wrapper and gift topper alternatives

Gift Wrapping Ideas
  1. Use recycled wrapping paper
  2. Use boxes (Opt for boxes that our sturdy and pretty enough to be reused)
  3. Use fabrics (Such as towels, scarves, doilies, etc)
  4. Use gift baskets
  5. Use magazine pages, newspaper pages (comics and colored pages are best), maps, this year's calendar (especially the art/designed part of the calendar)
Gift Topper Ideas
  1. Use small old toys as danglers
  2. Make your own gift tags
  3. Create a classy paper-ribbon (just like what howaboutorange did!)

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