The last several years, we have spent Christmas in San Diego where my mom and sister live. It’s a VERY merry time! But I am always alarmed by how much wrapping paper trash we generate. My brother will jump on the tall recycling trash can to compact it down…and last year it almost tipped over (i.e. dangerous). Here are some eco-friendly ideas that I am doing this year…
- reusable burlap bags
- recycled white wrapping paper
- linen dish towels as wrapping (and as a usable gift)–on sale!
- reusable chalk and natural gift tags with monograms
- savable cloth ribbon
- preserved or faux greenery
- pinecone garland
Here you can see the recycled white wrapping paper…
The gift recipient can either take the burlap bag home, or we can save it to use again next year. The white and burlap ribbon was actually from last year that I rolled up to re-use. Do you reuse your ribbon?This is my favorite thing that I am doing this year, using linen dish towels as wrapping. I just tied the towels with rubber bands and then ribbon. In fact, Pottery Barn has lots of tea towels on sale right now.These reusable chalk and natural gift tags with written monograms can be used again next year.
I’ll let you in on a little secret… I’m not that organized to have so many Christmas presents already. Some of these are birthday presents for my brother and son. But I’m on a roll for future presents with all the supplies!In fact, I like to turn on Christmas music and sit on the rug in here and enjoy the process of wrapping gifts for the people I love.
I’m excited to see what these creative ladies have in store for us with their holiday packaging…