Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Wrapping Paper

December 14 is World Energy Conservation Day. Wrapping paper (depending on the type) can’t always be recycled, and recycling uses resources and energy better spent elsewhere. Here are seven alternatives to traditional wrapping paper.

1. Newspaper (For those of us who still have access to newspapers!)

2. Gift bag (Many of us receive gifts in these, and they are easily reusable!)

3. Plastic bag (Many of us still have these floating around the house, even if we’ve already switched to reusable tote bags. This is a great use for them!)

4. Shoe box (You can even decorate them!)

5. Fabric scraps (These are a personalized, shabby-chic, kitschy alternative to wrapping paper!)

6. Make part of the gift the holder, as well (for example, a pretty basket, bowl, reusable tote, or flower pot) or wrap with part of the gift (for example, a blanket, pillowcase, scarf, or beach towel). This is a super fun, resourceful, and non-wasteful alternative to wrapping paper!

7. Hide presents around the house instead of wrapping them or cover them with a sheet, towel, or blanket. Such an obvious alternative to wrapping paper, yet it’s easy to forget about it!

What creative ways have you come up with to wrap gifts and participate in the magic and mystery of the season while committing to sustainable habits?