The holidays are a time of family, and giving but also unfortunately waste. Wrapping paper isn’t recyclable in every county and sometimes is layered with plastics or foil. With the last minute rush gift prep consider therese more sustainable options.
*My examples aren’t waste free, I use plastic scotch tape and plastic stickers but they are more sustainable because I didn’t have to go to a store to buy new supplies or wrapping paper
newspaper (my mom uses the Sunday comics)
old maps from past car trips
Brown paper that cushioned an online order was perfect for wrapping
any type of box
cleaned out tin cans
These gifts are in Costco coffee cans and reused Christmas tissue paper from last year
This is a combination of the examples (an old Sephora box covered in a water color, and a cut out of a coloring book)
old scrapbook supplies
pine clippings (I’ve seen people spruce up a plain gift with a cutting from their Christmas tree)
drawings/paintings (I suggesting drawing on the wrapping paper before you decorate it)
I keep all of my wrapping supplies in a box where I keep bags, tissue paper and bows from other presents I have received.
Giving them one more use is better then tossing them (If you have the space)
Also! Scrunched up paper is a great way to fill out a box that is too big for the gift, and can be made from paper scraps from other projects.