Even though there’s no snow, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” The lights are up. The decorations are out. The gingerbread is in the oven. The tree is aglow.
If your house is like mine, presents are starting to appear beneath the tree. But what are those gifts wrapped up in?
Wrapping paper is not accepted in the Blue Box because it often contains dyes that contaminate the other acceptable papers. As well, metallic and plastic wrapping paper cannot be recycled. All wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and tape go in the garbage.
Instead of wrapping gifts, you can always use reusable gift bags. Tissue paper can go in the GreenCart (no tape), but damaged gift bags go in the garbage.
You can also make your own reusable gift bags:
- Eccentric Quilter has made some made like old pillow cases
- How About Orange shows you to make gift bags from newspaper
- Sew your own reusable gift bags and use them again and again
If you still want to wrap up gifts, there are many great alternatives to traditional wrapping paper:
- Wrap your gifts in newspapers that can go in the Blue Box.
- Make your own wrapping paper using your home printer. About Art & Design has some downloadable patterns based on cross stitching patterns. Computer paper can go in the Blue Box.
- Use potato stamps to decorate brown craft paper, which can go in the Blue Box. Pocket Alchemy has some great examples. Brown craft paper goes in the Blue Box.
- Going Home To Roost used black craft paper, and decorated with white paint markers. Again, this paper can go in the Blue Box.
Give a gift to the planet this year. Use an alternative to traditional wrapping paper that can be reused, recycled or composted, and doesn’t end up in the landfill.