Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the amount of trash Americans produce increases 25%—amounting to one million extra tons of garbage each week!
Raise your hand if you knew that most wrapping paper wasn’t recyclable. Bummer, right???? Shiny, laminated wrapping paper is actually a recycling contaminate—if you include it in your recycling bin with other paper products, the whole load becomes un-recyclable.
The good news…there are plenty of gift wrapping alternatives.
Cloth napkins, silk scarves, and cloth scraps make excellent gift wrap. HEAPS of cloth scraps are available for the cost of a donation at Turnip Green Creative Reuse. Learn how to gift wrap using the Japanese method of Furoshiki.
Paper shopping bags and gift bags that made their way into your life throughout the year can be reused. If there’s a brand name you want to hide, cover it with a gift tag (cut up old holiday cards will work for this!)
Butcher paper and newspaper are recyclable and compostable.
Experience gifts don’t have to be wrapped!
Decorative ribbons, bows, and glittery holiday cards are also not recyclable. But, you can always save them to re-use next year—or if you really want them out of your house, offer them to a neighbor, friend, or family member who will re-use them or take them to a creative reuse store.