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Published on December 21st, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans

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Spend, Ship, Save the Planet: Eco-friendly Gift Wrap

This year, go for a simple, elegant, and eco-natural twist with holiday packaging.  More than likely, there’s a treasure trove of trimmings in your own home—scraps of fabric, tissue paper, ribbons, and last year’s boxes and wrap waiting to be unearthed.  Reuse products may not cover all of your holiday wrapping needs, so try a sampling of these earth-friendly designs . . .

Product Purchasing

There are many great reuse wrap ideas (see Getting Creative with Holiday Gift Wrap), but if you have a small budget devoted to package adornment, you’ll want to browse the selection of creative, sustainable wraps.  Many of these companies also offer recycled content holiday cards.

Ribbons

Go for veg-dyed, recycled content options:

Tags

Look for recycled content and plantable seed gift tags:

Wrap

Browse the variety of eco gift wrap, from satsifyingly simple to simply stunning:

Gift Accents

Make gift tags from last year’s holiday cards or cut sections from colorful tea bag wrappers and color-code each person’s gift(s).

Have a gift be part of the packaging:

  • Dress up an edible or beverage gift with fresh herbs or tea bags
  • If you’re gifting a stationery set, attach a couple of recycled content writing pencils
  • Fill a blender, serving bowl, or vase with fresh organic fruit, a package of dried fruit and nut mix, or homemade granola





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