Open gifts with care and attention to the wrapping paper, ribbons, tags and boxes.
The challenge is to see how much can be saved and put away for reuse during your next holiday season.
Did you know that paper can be ironed on a low setting if you find there are two many creases in it from a previous wrapping.
On the inside of sheets of paper write the dates when used and see how many years one sheet of paper can be used. This can provide great entertainment in years to come as you remember gifts wrapped in the paper years past or simply how many years you’ve seen it come back in circulation.
Save tags and reuse again another year….saves time on writing out new tags and money buying new tags.
Ribbon can be added to new ribbons another year, can be reused as is, or added to children’s crafts.
Boxes often fold flat and take up little space. If they can not be folded, take on the puzzle challenge to find out how many you can nest together. Wrapping the parts of a box rather than the whole box itself saves the paper and has a prepared box for next year’s use.
Can you reuse any parts of pre-packaged gift items?
This article was originally published in the October 2011 edition of the Sunbeams Newsletter.
This article consists of two parts: first is a list of original ideas for eco-friendly presents, followed by the art of giving and receiving. There are also some ideas for sustainable wrapping.
Some original ideas for eco-friendly presents
Just try to imagine all the waste and pollution resulting from the Christmas season - it will make you sad. But, with a little bit of imagination, you can find many original ideas for an eco-friendly Christmas! Here is a list to give you some inspiration: