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5 Green Giftwrap Ideas

December 20, 2012

As a kid, I have fond memories of throwing balls of torn up wrapping paper into the giant Hefty bag that my dad held open across the room.  Nowadays, we try to avoid those trash bags of paper on the curb in favor of greener options.  Here are some ideas for reusable and recycled giftwrap for a more environmentally friendly holiday.

Before I start giving ideas for things to buy, I will say that the greenest thing to do is use paper products that you were already going to recycle–newspapers (as long as it’s not really bad news.  Maybe stick with the weather and the funnies), brown paper grocery bags, circulars, and your kid’s drawings are all great alternatives to traditional wrapping paper and are cheaper and greener than buying something new.

But enough of that! On to the products!

Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric.  I can see this becoming part of our Christmas memories, just like our stockings.  I mean, we don’t buy new stockings every year, only to toss them in the garbage, so why keep buying new giftwrap? These ones ($14 for 2) are from seller JapanFUROSHIKI.






If you’re intimidated by the fancy folding requirements of the furoshiki wraps, some cloth gift bags would give you that same reusability, but with less complication. These are from seller Kelly’s Sewing Basket and run about $26 for 10.

Green Fields Paper Co. sells 100% recycled wrapping papers, which can then be re-recycled after Christmas.


I am a huge fan of the whole “brown paper packages tied up with string.” It’s cheap and looks beautiful with all different types of embellishments.  This year, I’m using red and white twine and it’s my favorite combination yet.  Etsy seller Knot and Bow has this 30 foot roll of recycled kraft paper for $10.


After you unwrap a gift wrapped in this pre-seeded gift wrap from Little Kay Gardens, put it away till spring and plant it and the seeds that are embedded in the paper will grow into flowers!



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    December 20, 2012 8:52 am

    I hate wrapping so I’m all for the cloth bags.

  2. Dad permalink
    December 20, 2012 10:02 am

    I’ll miss catching the paper in the bag.

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