Avoiding a Bad Wrap

I admit that writing this blog post was a little awkward for me. My areas of interest do not typically include crafty things. And when it comes to gift wrapping, I traditionally take the path of least resistance. But since joining PECI, I have re-examined several of my old practices in hopes of replacing them with more earth-friendly ones. And since we are smack in the middle of the giving season, gift wrap has been on my mind.

So I did a little poking around and found some disturbing statistics regarding wrapping paper and waste.

Disturbing Stat #1: Between Thanksgiving and New Year's, the average American household increases its trash output by 25%, resulting in 5 million extra tons of garbage.

Disturbing Stat #2: An estimated two million tons of wrapping paper is used over the holidays each year in the US alone.

Disturbing Stat #3: Approximately one-half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products.

The gift that says, “I wiped out half a forest just for you…”

OK, this was enough to convince me that I need to put a little more effort into my gift wrap choices to ensure that my wrapping practices align with my eco-conscious values. So, after doing a little more poking around, I found some innovative alternatives to traditional wrapping that are not only earth-friendly but provide an outlet for creative expression as well.

(courtesy of simplemom.net)

How about using plain white recyclable paper with a crayon ribbon?

Or how about making the wrapping into a gift in-and-of-itself? Baby washcloth used here.

This company provides greener alternatives to traditional wrapping paper. And here's a recycling website that offers advice on wrapping paper recycling.

With all of these alternative options available, I have no excuse but to gift wrap responsibly this year. Speaking of gifts, please consider the helpful information in this post as my gift to you. And you'll notice... no wrapping required.

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