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ECO Alphabet: Week 23: Wrapping Paper

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

It's that time of year! The season for presents.

I bet you think I'm talking about Christmas! Yes, that is the largest gift giving season, but I'm talking about the whole year! Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries. There is definitely at least one gift given every single day of the year.

About 100,000 trees are lost every year due to wrapping paper alone. 😱

The sad thing is, is that regular wrapping paper is NOT recyclable!


1. Instead of buying wrapping paper, try brown paper! If you don't want to buy it, ask for paper bags at your local grocery store instead of plastic (which I hope you're doing already, if not with a reusable bag) and use that paper to wrap your gifts! You can even decorate the paper yourself to add some customization.

Hold onto festive ribbons and bows from gifts you receive so that you can reuse them.

2. Hold onto reusable containers/ packaging like jars, cans, and cardboard boxes to put gifts in!

3. Use old t-shirts or other cloth to wrap with!

Last but NOT Least

When you give your gift, be sure to ask the person to recycle or hold onto the wrapping, so that they can reuse it in the future!

It is the little things that can make a huge difference. Please, urge your friends and family to pick up new sustainable habits.

The world doesn't need one person to do zero-waste perfectly, it needs everyone to do zero-waste imperfectly.

Happy Holidays! 🎁

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