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Style For Style: Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Solutions

We hope we've calmed some of your nerves this holiday season with our Fab Gift Guide, which includes luxurious items kind of like this
Juicy Couture Striped Sequin Scarf ($14'8). There's going to be a whole lot of gift wrapping in the upcoming week, so in order to pacify Mother Nature's anxiety, let's go go green and save a Christmas tree or two.

To learn how to be eco-friendly this holiday season,

  • As I've mentioned before, your fashion magazine pages serve as stylish and eco-chic gift wrap. Consider using them for your holiday presents.
  • Pretty holiday-inspired hemp gift wrap (right) is available via ($5).
  • To be extra earth-conscious, try 100 percent recycled tissue paper ($3).
  • Use gift bags from previous years, or invest in reusable gift bags ($5-$14).
  • Tobi currently has eco-friendly gift wrapping available for $5. It's free for orders $250 and more.
Join The Conversation
sojess sojess 9 years
Thanks for the website, Sweet Tea! I love that they are good quality and affordable. :)
emalove emalove 9 years
I love wrapping's fun and I think it looks so much prettier than just tossing something in a gift bag. Unless it's something oddly shaped or hard to wrap, I always prefer to gift wrap. Thanks for these tips on how to do it in a more eco-friendly way. I'll be on the lookout for some recycled tissue paper!
SmallTownFab SmallTownFab 9 years
ur_momm...superstore, zehers and sobeys i think all carry reusable grocery bags. you can try there. I am the marketing coordinator for a new eco-friendly company, so this article makes me smile!! What I do around Christmas and birthdays, etc, is I purchase something that can serve as wrapping for part of the gift. I recently went to a baby shower, bought a basket and filled it with cute baby accessories, then bought a baby blanket and wrapped the basket in that and tied it with a pink ribbon. I also do a lot of sewing, so I picked up a bunch of 'end of the roll' type scraps at the fabric store and I am turning them into reusable totes to put everyone's gifts in! ....i even bought cute little felt Christmas trees at the craft store, attached ribbon and used fabric markers to decorate them...they are the tags for my gifts and double as tree ornaments. When I'm done I'll try to post pics or something.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Ok, everyone, is it tacky to wrap Christmas gifts in newspaper? I usually do that with the comics for birthdays and such but never with Christmas gifts. Myabe with a cute recycled ribbon??
Sweet-Tea Sweet-Tea 9 years
Thanks ur_momm--those people I've already given gifts to in these bags have gotten a kick out of them. Check out your local health food stores--they probably carry something similar at a decent price point. Here, in the not so environmentally conscious Michigan, they surprisingly have similar products at the big chain grocery and discount stores (Wal-mart, etc.)though not as "cute" or the wide selection of colors available with the 1 bag at a time. Good luck and happy holidays! :-)
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
Sweet Tea, that is an AMAZING idea. i wish they had these at my grocery stores in canada :( right now, its too last minute to order things online as i see they have that on their site. Ill definitely look for something like this around my city though.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I've save gift bags before. Wrapping paper can be such a waste if you really think about it...
Sweet-Tea Sweet-Tea 9 years
I'll admit I used to be known as quite the gift wrapper--my gifts used to look like exquisite works of art worthy of a spread in Martha Stewart's Living. However, the whole wrapping paper wastefulness/ridiculousness got to me this year, so I bought a bunch of the "1 bag at a time" reusable grocery bags in green and red at my local grocery store to "wrap" my presents: They're about the same price (or cheaper @ $1.99ea) as a decent hallmark gift bag and plus it will more likely be reused. It only requires 1 -2 sheets of tissue to look decent. Granted, they're not as pretty as the shiny paper bags or my former wrapping exploits...but it sends a good message and I don't think most people really pay attention to how nicely the gift was wrapped once it's been opened.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
That scarf is to die for :love:
ur_momm ur_momm 9 years
i'm sooo happy, ive been waiting for a post like this. im always encouraging my family to try to reuse wrapping paper or atleast recycle it rather than trashing it. I also never buy cards with presents 1)they just end up in the trash 2)unless thats all they're getting, i find them useless. :)
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