The whirlwind of the holidays can leave your bank account empty and your trash bin overflowing.
Did you know that Americans spend nearly $3,200,000,000 (that’s 3.2 billion!) each year on gift wrap? That is enough money to send 6,876 of your closest friends to space with Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin rocket. #casual.
Or, you can compare the dollar amount to slightly less than the combined 2017 GDPs of Seychelles and Belize.
Sadly, most of that billion-dollar wrapping paper will be trashed. We’ll throw out enough gift wrap to circle the earth 9 times this holiday season.
Follow Lulu’s 5 easy ways to save green and go green this gift-giving season.
Save gift bags, bows, wrapping paper, and gift boxes to reuse. If every American family wrapped 3 gifts with reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover approximately 45,000 football fields.
If you must wrap your presents with brand new paper, use recyclable gift wrap. Wrappily makes gift wrap on FSC-certified newsprint with soy-based inks. Unlike most laminated wrapping papers, theirs can be recycled. In fact, newsprint can be recycled up to 7 times!
Get creative with common household items. Newspaper, magazines, maps, pages from books, and grocery bags make fun, DIY wrapping solutions. Cut up last year’s cards to make gift tags. Add hand painted elements to make an extra Pinterest-worthy gift.
Skip the cutting, taping, and frustrated crying. Simply adorn your gift with beautiful, reusable ribbons and bows.
Give a Gift in a Gift
As the great Xzibit once said, put a gift inside a gift because you know they like gifts.
Hide presents in decorative tins, boxes, or tote bags. Tea towels, table linens, and scarves make fun wrapping, too. Learn the art of furoshiki, a Japanese fabric wrapping technique.
Find more sustainable gift-giving inspiration with these Lulu books.
A Year’s Worth of Ways to Green Your Holidays by Julie Urlaub
Holidays are a way to connect and share with each other, why not give green attitude! Create meaningful new traditions that pair values and the human heart to those of appreciating our Earth’s resources. Shared in this eBook is a collection of our readers’ favorite holiday blog post. Designed for quick reading, this eBook illustrates the ease of including green and sustainability concepts into your holiday celebrations. The most important aspect of any celebration is attitude. Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?
Everyday Upcycle by GreenCraftBlog
Whether a money minded mama or a green going guy, this book is packed with projects to turn your trash into treasures.
Over 100 unique projects using ordinary household objects saved from the garbage or recycling bins.
Beyond turning a soup can into a pencil holder, this book offers creative and easy ideas that can be used by educators, families, daycare providers, or simply by folks looking to save some cash and still give great gifts. Home decor items, bath and home everyday use items, and gifts are included in the book.
Make amazing works of art with just a toilet roll and some scrap fabric, or make an amazing gift with your collection of beer caps!
A portion of the proceeds go to a community creative reuse project.
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Sheridan is Lulu’s Coordinator of Sustainability and Outreach. She is an author advocate, B Corp Champion, friend to all cats everywhere, and a clog aficionado.