Gallery: 6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

 
Gift bags have long been preferred among earth-loving gift givers because they involve no tape or folding, and they're easy to reuse next year. If you're very careful, even the cheap paper gift bags available a discount stores can be preserved for several years. Over time, however, the bags become crinkled and worn, losing some of their holiday appeal. Overcome this problem by creating or purchasing resueable gift bags made from fabric. Burlap, flannel, and cotton make the best gift bag material, but literally any fabrics can be transformed into a gift bag with just a few seconds of sewing. If you're not the needle and thread type, consider a pre-made variety like WrapSacks or LivingEthos.

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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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