Wrap your gifts in garbage: Creative gift wrapping ideas

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Published on: December 23, 2015

Mother Earth News / Robyn Griggs Lawrence / 10 December 2010

Creative gift wrappingI quit buying wrapping paper more than a decade ago, when Natural Home ran its first article on simplifying the holidays. Over the years, we’ve given readers many fun new ways to wrap beautiful gifts using newspaper, paper bags, fabric scraps and even those mesh bags that onions come in. All of this material—which would otherwise be filling up a landfill—makes for beautifully wrapped gifts and eliminates the need to buy wasteful wrapping paper.

Americans create an extra 1 million pounds of garbage per week during the holidays. Wrapping gifts in a bit of this detritus is an easy way to save money—and give the planet a break—this holiday season.