Wrapping Paper

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Ways to Reduce


Choose Recycled

Instead of using paper made with virgin fibers, wrap your gifts in newspaper or brown paper with 100 percent recycled content. This reduces waste because you’re reusing the newspaper and not purchasing anything that’s non-recyclable.


Use Fabric

Instead of paper, try using fabric scraps, unused handkerchiefs, or store canvas bags/totes to wrap your gifts. Check out In Good Taste’s article on furoshiki, the Japanese art of fabric wrapping for ideas and tips.


Use Natural Materials for Present Toppers

Instead of using plastic bows or ribbons, look outside and use natural materials such as fallen pinecones, pine or boxwood branches, eucalyptus branches, plant cuttings, or dried flowers. Learn how to dry flowers here.


Use Glass Jars

Use leftover glass food jars or thrifted jars to “wrap” small gifts.

Ways to Reuse

Save for Next Year

Wrapping paper in good condition can be folded neatly and stored for reuse at your next celebration or holiday.

Did You Know?

Gift Wrapping Waste

How much gift wrapping waste do Americans generate on a yearly basis? About two pounds per person, or 40 million pounds in total, which includes paper products used to wrap, package and decorate gifts. A whopping 38 million miles of ribbon is discarded per year, which is enough to wrap around the Earth.

How to Wrap Anything Using a Furoshiki