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    5 Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

    By Becky Striepe
    February 22, 2012, 6:16:38 AM EST


    Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by lirontocker

    Whether you’re planning a handmade holiday or shopping for ethical and fair trade gifts this year, it’s a shame to put so much thought into the present only to wrap it up in less-then-eco-friendly packaging!

    Conventional wrapping paper isn’t so hot for the environment. The paper often comes from virgin forests, it uses high impact dyes that pollute waterways, and once the gift is unwrapped, that paper is headed for the recycle bin or even the landfill. Not so jolly, right?

    Luckily, you don’t have to buy rolls of unsustainable wrapping paper! Instead, check out some of these giftwrap ideas that are as sustainable as they are fun!

    1. Furoshiki

    Furoshiki is the Japanese gift wrap style that uses fabric rather than paper. The joy of a furoshiki, as with all of these reusable giftwaps, is that the wrapping becomes part of the present. Traditional furoshiki can vary in size, and they can be quite expensive, but you can really use any large piece of square fabric with furoshiki techniques. Organic cotton flour sacks work well and are easy to come by, or you could use a square, silk scarf or even a large napkin or dish towel that you find at the thrift store.

    Depending on what you’re wrapping, there are different methods for furoshiki, but the video above details some of the most basic wrapping techniques.

    Click here for the Furoshiki Video


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    2. Mason Jars
    Glass Mason jars are endlessly handy! Your giftee can use her empty mason jar to store knickknacks or bulk food. You can use it as a water glass or a vase. It’s a gift wrap option that’s definitely not heading to the landfill.

    There are lots of gifts that you can make right inside of a Mason jar, or you can use it to wrap store-bought gifts. Small clothing or accessories like scarves or t-shirts will fit into pint- or quart-sized Mason jars. You can also use smaller half-pint Mason jars to gift more delicate things like jewelry and accessories. If you want to keep the present inside a mystery, just line the jar with a pretty piece of fabric.

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