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​​Wrap Wise

Wrapping gifts with festive paper and decorations can create anticipation and surprise, but it can also make a lot of garbage!

If you can’t reuse your single-use wrapping paper, then try reusable materials for a simple and eco-friendly way to cut down on your wrapping waste. Here are a few ideas to avoid wrapping paper completely.​​



Cloth ribbonCloth ribbon<div class="ExternalClass24B0C1EE13454838B43CFF0E9107875A"><p>Beautiful and timeless, cloth ribbons can be reused and repurposed for years to come. Not sure how to tie a bow? Find dozens of quick bow tutorials online.</p></div>, Picture
FabricsFabrics<div class="ExternalClass542B51E34CDD43EA8E0B641F75BB4402"><p>​The perfect reusable material for wrapping presents. Look around your house for tablecloths, tea towels, pillowcases, or sheets. For ideas on how to wrap using fabrics, check out the Japanese art of​ <a href="">furoshiki</a>, which uses just a few simple folds and a knot.<br></p></div>, Picture
Newspaper,,-123.0265786,,13z/data=!3m1!4b1,,-123.0265786,13z/data=!3m1!4b1Newspaper<div class="ExternalClass370BD555AF054BD1B0824617308B1FE7"><p>​Do you get the newspaper delivered to your home? Consider saving a few weeks’ worth for your holiday wrapping. </p></div>, Picture
Brown paper bagsBrown paper bags<div class="ExternalClassE75A772FC9D447F18E67423666DDBB1C"><p>​Collect these from the supermarket for the weeks leading into the holidays. All you have to do is cut along the seams of the bag, lay it flat like you would with wrapping paper, and voila! Use colourful twine or string, colouring felts, paint or stickers to turn it into something unique and beautiful. </p></div>, Picture
Old mapsOld maps<div class="ExternalClass02B6F69346ED407F9D4EAB5ECF8BC816"><p>​Not many of us are relying on paper maps these days. But wait, don't get rid of these just yet, as they are a colourful source of large paper sheets that can be repurposed for gift wrapping. </p></div>, Picture
CalendarsCalendars<div class="ExternalClassD59A4AB216F64F57A3859E4A8A4360EE"><p>​Calendars become outdated after 365 days. Hold on to your old calendars from last year. You won’t even need much decorating since many have beautiful pictures and artwork already.  </p></div>, Picture
Save your wrapping paperSave your wrapping paper<div class="ExternalClass0F5D7A619B2249C59967E54F3EA9061F"><p>​If you are planning to use gift-wrap, try reusing old wrapping paper from last year. If you need to purchase gift-wrap, look for wrap made from recycled paper.</p></div>, Picture
BoxesBoxes<div class="ExternalClass73D47E7B53D84D858F6748BBDCD70518"><p>​Why do we feel the need to use wrapping paper if we’re already putting the gift in a box? Boxes are a stylish and easy option for your gift wrapping needs, and many of them already have lovely patterns printed on them. </p></div>, Picture
Gift bags,,-123.1156229,,14z/data=!3m1!4b1,,-123.1156229,14z/data=!3m1!4b1Gift bags<div class="ExternalClass01129BF96F5541CCA72570B6E53FF1E0"><p>​Start a new gift wrapping tradition by making gift bags that be reused every year. These can come in a variety of material types and styles: paper, fabric, tote, fiber & mesh, shopping, twisted handle, etc. You probably already have a few lying around the house. </p></div>, Picture
Clay flower pots,,-123.1619526,,14z/data=!3m1!4b1,,-123.1619526,14z/data=!3m1!4b1Clay flower pots<div class="ExternalClass83609611DABE4060AFDEC99AAC71DC13"><p>​A gift within a gift. Look for pots that come with the saucer for catching water, as this makes a great lid. Place your gift inside and secure with string, twine or ribbon. The gift package can be used again for gardening come summer time. </p></div>, Picture
Don't wrap itDon't wrap it<div class="ExternalClass93E658255EC44030917EA46CD97C384D"><p>It’s usually pretty obvious when you wrap up a baseball bat for the Babe Ruth in your life. Embrace the obvious, omit the paper, and jazz it up with a reusable ribbon or a bow. ​<br></p></div>, Picture
JarsJars<div class="ExternalClass9FA8CD6B2ECB48108DC8C3D88D6EF93D"><p>​Reusable containers such as a mason, pasta, jam or soup jars make great vessels for your edible holiday gifts. Check out our <a href="">Love Food Hate Waste</a> page for more great tips how to store food and make it last longer.</p></div>, Picture
Coffee cansCoffee cans<div class="ExternalClass3CCF93AFAABE41258ADC094F6FD187CC"><p>Hang on to your empty food cans throughout the year. These air-tight containers make the perfect package for your tasty Christmas treats. </p></div>, Picture
Paper bagsPaper bags<div class="ExternalClass9898B56BE9D1466F86FB88B625702184"><p>​Baked goods can easily go into a paper bag. Sounds a little unappealing? Punch a few holes in the top, wrap it with some nice twine or a ribbon, and add some greenery to jazz it up and make it look beautiful. </p></div>, Picture
Food storageFood storage<div class="ExternalClass150FF78EF132406289D302549323AFE6"><p>​Got a few extra food storage containers in the bottom drawer? Use these to package up leftovers for your guests, or for your delectable food gifts. <span aria-hidden="true"></span></p></div>, Picture
Wrap without tapeWrap without tape<div class="ExternalClassA3A7664EB8404A3D8E554CD7B7DF4889"><p>​If you’re trying to celebrate the holidays with less plastic, it can be hard to find a less wasteful option for tape. Try this when wrapping gifts: leave the sides of the paper extra-long so that when folded in they can be tied with string or a ribbon and still stay in place.​<br></p></div>, Picture


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