A lot of time wrapping takes place at the last minute, the night before the presents are going to be opened. I am going to give you some tips to make wrapping a little more bearable this year.
Before you start wrapping, consider these statistics:
Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week!
If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.
That being said, here are some tips AND ideas for ways to wrap creatively and without waste.
1. Unwrap children’s toys from their packaging before you wrap them. This saves a lot of time and frustration on Christmas morning.
2. Use reusable wrapping materials to be environmentally friendly. I like to use patterned boxes or bags that can be used year after year.
3. Use holiday pillow cases to wrap items. Tie them up with a ribbon. Again, you can use them year after year.
5. Wrap each recipient’s gifts in a different paper. This way, even a missing gift tag doesn’t confuse things.
6. Wrap a few presents a day. This way it is not a big project, just 10 minutes a day.
7. Use a reusable wrap like Wrapeez. These stretchable wraps fit almost any gift and goes on in seconds flat. Available in lots of patterns, it’s an investment that you can use year after year. This is an environmentally friendly way to wrap gifts quickly and easily.