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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

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I love a beautifully-wrapped present, but I feel some serious guilt when the trash bags fill up with gift wrap on Christmas morning. But you don't have to resort to the "close your eyes while I put the present in your hands!" method of eco-friendly gift presentation. Instead, try these reusable, recycled, and upcycled gift wrap ideas.

Made in Philadelphia, VZ Wraps cloth gift bags (shown above) are reusable and come in a variety of fabrics and sizes. The attached ribbons are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles or 100% post-consumer recycled polyester.

These rustic-looking gift boxes from Etsy seller Wish Design Studio are made from 100% recycled cardstock, and they're blank slates for your creativity, so get crazy with the stamps and glitter or just keep it simple with natural straw ribbon.

As much as we'd like to think you will cherish your issue of Whole Living for years, we understand if you need to need to minimize. But before you toss your issue into the recycling bin, try making these vibrant gift bows from magazine pages.

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Comments (6)

  • [...] more than the gift itself, the wrapping paper can be the real waste. Whole Living’s suggestions for alternative, greener wrapping include using newspaper, or re-using gift bags. This reminded me of ways my Mom and I would wrap [...]

  • Perfect timing for this post. We did the butcher's paper this year, and it looks beautiful! I am working with my green cleaning service to minimize paper waste in our home.

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