For those of you who celebrate the winter holidays, it’s probably about time for you to grab some wrapping paper so you can fold and tape your way into the new year. Before you go running out to the nearest drug store, I’m going to stop you right here because we have to have a TALK. Every year Americans throw away 4 million POUNDS of wrapping paper, which equals out to about 333 million square feet, or 5,787 NFL football fields (Intercon, 2012). That is an unacceptable amount of wasted resources every year, and it really makes you wonder why do we even have wrapping paper anymore? Instead of buying rolls of expensive, non-recyclable paper, here are alternatives that won’t make you feel left behind in the holiday game. So grab your fair trade hot chocolate, fleece blanket, and fuzzy socks and check this list twice because this winter is going to be the greenest one yet.
Don't want to give up the tradition of wrapping presents up for the holidays? Well if you're like me and you're constantly trying to figure out what the heck to do with the daily newspapers in your mailbox that you NEVER ASKED FOR, then you've got yourself a festive wrap.
Fun fact, wrapping paper can't be recycled because they use dyes and special lamination! Which means all 4,000,000 pounds of wrapping paper goes directly into the landfill, every year! That's ho-ho-horrible.
2. Paper Bags from Your Local Grocer
Ok so maybe wrapping your presents in old newspapers and coupons is not YOUR THING. What now? Well luckily Julie Andrews had this whole eco-friendly thing figured out 50 years ago because she likes those brown paper packages tied up with string—nay, she doesn't like them, she loves them. If you haven't bought any reusable bags yet, I hope that you've been saving all of your paper bags from your local grocery store because you can easily wrap almost anything in a bunch of brown paper bags. Click here to check out our Pinterest Board for inspiration!
3. Stuff you find at ReCreative
Get a little creative with your wrapping technique with all sorts of recycled and repurposed goodies. You know what they say: one man's trash is another man's eco-friendly wrapping paper. Just make sure that you use recycled goods and not, like, banana peels and candy wrappers. Click here to save 50% when you stop by Seattle ReCreative and peruse their little bibs and bobs for some upcycling materials.
4. Give This Year's Wrap an Encore
Feel like you don't want to leave the house AT ALL this holiday season? I don't know about you but when it comes to packing materials, I keep everything. I've got packing peanuts, bubble wrap, gift bags, gift boxes, shipping boxes, so saving and reusing all these things and more will be a great way to ensure a greener holiday season next year! If you don't have an extensive collection of random packing pillows and cookie tins in storage, no worries! You can always start saving now for 2018.
From everyone at Chinook Book, have a Happy Holiday season and a New Year!