The holiday season has officially arrived. Time for family, friends and food. And Tradition. Most families have many holiday traditions that define the holidays for them. Some holidays wouldn’t be the same without Grandma’s stuffing and Aunt Carol’s decorated sugar cookies. Others would be hollow without certain decorations and activities.
While traditions are the stuff of memories, many holidays could use an eco-tweak. 25 years ago, I discovered that, unlike my family, my husband’s family did not reuse wrapping paper, bows or boxes. This was uncomfortable for me, until I discovered that they DID reuse gift bags. Whether they were fabric or paper, the bags were saved and reused. All holiday gifts to my husband’s family have been bagged since then.
Many talented ecoetsians make their own eco-friendly wrapping supplies. They offer some for sale that you can buy if you don’t make your own. GreenerFrog has several elegant Furoshiki cloth wrappings such as these:
PrairieThreads offers some gorgeous reused/reusable bags made from a child’s shirt along with her upcycled bags from t-shirt sleeves. And zJayne will personalize bags made from t-shirt sleeves. BeachMama‘s upcycled gift boxes might be a good answer to wrapping those gifts for teachers and people whose recycling habits you don’t know.
Many ecoetsians offer recycled gift tags.
Whatever your usual holiday traditions, try this year to give them a little more eco-twisting. It’s the right thing to do.
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