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November/December Craft from Trash and Tip

Craft: 

Low-Waste Wrapping Ideas 

When thinking about the holidays and gift giving, think of ways you can wrap gifts with little to no waste. 

What you need/ideas:

  • Towel gift wrap - wrap the gift in a small towel or tea towel which can be a gift as well.
  • Fabric gift wraps - these are reusable and can be found online. Find options here: BOBO.
  • Make your own Gift Tags - reuse cards, paper and include To and From
  • Bows - reuse ribbon, string, even paper to create bows for your package.
  • Alternative to Styrofoam and tissue - shred magazines and newspapers to make your packages safe.
  • Recycled wrapping paper - look online for recycled paper. Fish Lips Paper Designs offers a variety of recycled wrapping paper.
  • Reuse items for wrapping - brown paper grocery bags, newsprint, egg cartons, plastic containers and bottles, or old maps all can make wrapping an item more fun and create less waste.

(resources http://earth911.com)

Tip:

Think about your waste consumption this time of year.

Beginning Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. There is additional food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons that all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.
In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons.

Holiday cards total 2.6 billion sold each year in the U.S., enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. 

By reusing just two feet of ribbons, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.

For more tips and information see the EPA Greening the Season.

 

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