Gallery: 6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

 
Fabric is the perfect reuseable material for wrapping presents because it comes in lots of colors and patterns just like wrapping paper. In Japan, fabric wrapping is so prevalent, it's become an art form. Called "furoshiki" this practice uses time-honored techniques to create a package that is both lovely and completely covered. Look around your house for festive pillow cases, sheets, tablecloths, old drapes, or even socks that are the right size for your gift. If you don't have any suitable fabric lying around, consider pre-made versions like ReWrapables or BoBo Wrap. Fabric can be knotted, pinned, or tied with a ribbon. After presents are opened, simply fold and store for next year!

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  1. annhcsonka December 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    About 35 years ago, I stopped using new wrapping paper, often recycling paper or gift bags we got and also used other containers. 2 NEPHEWS’ FAVORITE: Milk Bone boxes (usually large, quite spacious). These dog biscuit boxes were perfect because they were/are red and green with some yellow and white.
    The kids loved them and the old folks got used to my peculiarities…and my Mother started recycling paper also. I still have a piece of her old paper used for a daughter last year, though it’s at least 25 years old.
    Further about the Milk Bone boxes: eldest nephew asked me to be sure to carry on the tradition with his 2 children…and we have!
    Another use for nice strong boxes like the above, unglue them and turn them inside out to ship/mail whatever fits, securely taping them back together.

  2. Sue Rostron July 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Hi, love the site. I am lucky enough to share an office with the awesome Social Angels.

    Just thought I’d suggest wrapping in old dress patterns – it looks cool and works well as a protective tissue layer also.

    I also sometimes turn packaging inside out and embellish it with something crafty. Recently I hgve a friend a vintage apron and wrapped it old brown paper, natural twine and a spare xmas decoration (an apple) on top. It looked really cute and she loved the pressie and the packaging. $1 spend for much goodwill!

  3. marshae February 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

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