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12 environmentally-friendly alternatives to wrapping paper

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Looking to make your holidays extra green this year or just forget to buy wrapping paper in the chaos that is the holiday season?

If panic shuts down your creative juices, Megan of Care2 is here to help with some suggestions for wrapping paper alternatives that you already might have around the house.

You’re not forgetful, just environmentally responsible.

• Reused Gift Bags

Most of us have a stash of gift bags saved from presents we’ve received. Put them to good use and commit to using only gift bags instead of wrapping. Also, if you feel a gift bag isn’t finished without a filler like tissue paper, use a greener option–the shreds from your paper shredder!

• Paper Grocery Bags

You can create beautiful gift bags from materials found around the house. Decorate paper grocery bags with markers and crayons, or decoupage them with magazine cut-outs. Use it as wrapping paper or a gift sack. Put on the finishing touch with scrap ribbon from previous projects.

• Reusable Cloth Bags

Do you have scrap fabric lying around? Or maybe some old shirts you never wear but that have lovely patterns. Try your hand at some easy-sew cloth bags. Since you’re making them by hand, you can sew them to suit your needs. You can also design them to be practical for the recipient as a shopping bag. Your imagination is the limit.

Full story at Care2.

Earth-healthy holidays.

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