Why You Should use Recycled Wrapping Paper
Admit it, I know you have thought about it while watching your children tear through Christmas presents. " why did I even bother to wrap them?" We all love pretty presents under the tree or around a birthday cake, but at what price? It is estimated that Americans use over 50, 000 square yards of wrapping paper! This covers at least 45,000 football fields! Obviously this is a lot of paper that goes to waste! Where does this all go? Most wrapping papers get trashed, while some get recycled. Christmas wrapping papers especially have glitters in them that make it impossible to be recycled. What can you do to help cut down on the amount of waste this Holiday season? Take a look at some wrapping paper alternatives!
If you want to get eco friendly there are several ways to go about it. Instead of buying that fancy wrapping paper this year, find an alternative to gift wrap. My favorite way is to use a lot of gift bags! Gift bags are pretty and usually durable. They can at least stand up to two Christmas's if not more.I always consider the Christmas bag as part of the gift. That way the receiver has a bag to give next year! Inevitably the bag will be destroyed, but at least it can be used more than one time.
You can find some things around the home if you look hard enough! The Sunday Funnies are an ideal wrapping paper.Maps or your children's art work are another attractive paper. How about a brown paper bag? You can wrap it plain or decorate the bag with stencils and ribbon. Release your inner Martha Stewart and take some plain white paper. Decorate with stampers, stencils or markers. If you are a crafty person you can use some of your supplies like scrap booking papers. Below are some videos to help get you started!
The Environmental Protection Agency estimated that 57% of all paper was recycled even though 87% of us have access to recycle bins in 2008. Americans are estimated to use 85 tons of paper products per year.
Another way is for you to save and reuse the wrapping paper. But this is not always practical and takes away from the excitement of opening a gift. This would be a good time to talk about the benefits of using recycled wrapping paper.
The Benefits of making your own wrapping paper? It saves on trees as well as the energy to make paper. And anytime we save energy we are saving polluting the environment.
- Recycled Wrapping Paper - Alternative Wrapping Paper - The Daily Green
Creative and green ideas for wrapping gifts with alternative papers, newspaper and other creative techniques.
How is paper recycled?
Paper is recycled by breaking it down into small fibers and using a press. Paper can be recycled up to about seven times until it is not longer useful. At this time the pulp is too small to be any good and floats away. Non Metallic wrapping paper is much easier to recycle.
Where do you recycle wrapping paper?
Check to see if your recycling center has Holiday recycling. Often there is a recycling program for Christmas Trees and wrapping paper!
The Christmas Wrap Challenge
I challenge everyone who reads this article to at wrap at least one gift in recycled materials this Holiday season! Imagine the amount of paper we could save if everyone chipped in. And you just might have fun in the process. Who knows? Making your own wrapping paper could become a family tradition! Imagine each year you and your family have a "wrap party" to see who can make the most creative wrapping paper!
Make a recycled bow!
- How to Make a Gift Bow From a Magazine...and Other Creative Present Wrapping Ideas - The Fun Times G
Get creative and use easy-to-make bows and other creative ideas to wrap your Christmas presents without using commercial wrapping paper
- TLC Family "Ultimate Guide to Recycled Wrapping Paper Crafts"
Recycled wrapping paper crafts can be a lot of fun to make. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about making recycled wrapping paper crafts.
If you don't have the time to be creative then here are some recycled Christmas paper options.
What to do with those old Christmas Cards!
- Recycling Christmas Cards
Haven't you ever thought that those Christmas Cards were just too nice to throw away? Then don't! There are many ways to make new things out of pretty cards! Take a look for yourself!