Try using found patterned cloth instead of wrapping paper. Re-use is by far the best way to stop waste!
This evening I had a Skype conference chat with two really creative people I know, Suzanne Rex and Anna Flournoy, who are also motivated to try to save this endangered planet of ours. I suggested we all do something a little radical this Christmas. We’re going to share our ideas over the next 9 days.
Our first idea is to ditch the obsession with wrapping papers. We went online and found these statistics, which I hope make you think before purchasing wrapping paper ever again:
Each year in the United States, 4 million tons go from logs to landfills to make wrapping paper and holiday shopping bags, according to the Clean Air Council. Washington Post article, 2008
Household waste jumps an astounding 25 percent between Thanksgiving and the New Year, according to the EPA
. That excess “25 percent” totals 1 million tons of trash.
Alternatives to Wrapping Paper
Suzanne suggests making your own wrapping paper using a read newspaper or other recycled materials. She also suggests wrapping things in old boxes or cartons…found objects in your home. (glass jars, funky boxes)
Anna suggested splatter-painted newspaper (watercolor, acrylic, or dyes). And she’s done some beautiful ones that people have hardly wanted to open for not wanting to damage her works of art! She also suggests using a cool shirt or tshirt found at a thrift store, especially stores that benefit shelters or other non profits. She cuts the pretty patterned or sparkly cloth and wraps with it, tying it off with cloth ribbon, also plentiful at thrift stores. Her final suggestion is to gather random papers and decorate with inspirational quotes written in marker.
My suggestion is to start saving bows, ribbons and neatly folded, carefully removed gift wrapping paper this year. To that, Suzanne added that, “This is what my brother does, and people every year look forward to the ritual….He waits until someone opens their package, and then he grabs the wrapping paper and wraps his present. He throws on some twine or duct tape and voila!”
Hooray for Suzanne’s brother! He makes it fun to defy a silly, yet widely adhered to tradition. Tell me what you do!
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