Replace Wrapping Paper with a Reusable Alternative

| 11/9/2019 10:16:00 AM

Homemade Fabric Wrapping Paper 

I think over the past seven years, I've learned a lot about how wasteful I am. Over time, we've done a lot of transitioning from disposable products to reusable ones. We occasionally still use disposable items, but I've tried to do my best to limit how much garbage we create. After all, the garbage situation can get out of control with a family of five.

One of the most satisfying transitions to reusable products that we've made has been to switch from wrapping paper to reusable gift bags.

I'm not talking about the paper gift bags that you fill with tissue paper. Those survive a few rounds, but in the overall scheme of things they don't last very long. If your family is rough on them, they might not even last one holiday.

What I'm referring to is a reusable cloth gift bag. Often they come with a drawstring that you can close, eliminating the need for tissue paper or anything to cover up the gifts inside.

If they get wrinkled, they can be laundered and/or ironed. Usually this won't be necessary. They don’t tend to get dirty and if you pick your fabric wisely, they won’t wrinkle much or at all. Canvas (or using a drop cloth) is a good wrinkle-free option.

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