5 Zero Waste Gift Wrapping Ideas

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By Monique Labelle-Wheeler

It’s that time of the year! Christmas is just around the corner and many of us are busy brainstorming gift ideas for family and friends. As someone trying to live a zero waste lifestyle, I think about how I will be wrapping my gifts as sustainably as possible. Zero waste living is definitely on more people’s radar this holiday season and finding the perfect gift wrapping allows me to be creative and personalize my gift.

In most cities, including Ottawa, wrapping paper made with foil, bows and ribbons cannot be recycled. I favour any wrapping that can either be reused or that uses recycled paper. Here are my suggestions:

1. Newspaper

Use the nicest pages from the newspaper. At Christmas time, there are often full page advertisements that make colourful and bright wrapping.

 

2. Reusable Bags

Wrap the gift in a reusable bag. In this photo, I’m using a bag from terra20. I’ve purchased lovely cloth bags as well at the local markets at Christmas time.

They're often available in a variety of colours and designs. The recipient of the gift can then reuse the bag for shopping or can save it to wrap their own presents. Some of my friends are quite crafty and sew their own; the bag itself becomes part of the present.

1. Newspaper

Use the nicest pages from the newspaper. At Christmas time, there are often full page advertisements that make colourful and bright wrapping.

 

2. Reusable Bags

Wrap the gift in a reusable bag. In this photo, I’m using a bag from terra20. I’ve purchased lovely cloth bags as well at the local markets at Christmas time.

They're often available in a variety of colours and designs. The recipient of the gift can then reuse the bag for shopping or can save it to wrap their own presents. Some of my friends are quite crafty and sew their own; the bag itself becomes part of the present.

1. Newspaper

Use the nicest pages from the newspaper. At Christmas time, there are often full page advertisements that make colourful and bright wrapping.

 

2. Reusable Bags

Wrap the gift in a reusable bag. In this photo, I’m using a bag from terra20. I’ve purchased lovely cloth bags as well at the local markets at Christmas time.

They're often available in a variety of colours and designs. The recipient of the gift can then reuse the bag for shopping or can save it to wrap their own presents. Some of my friends are quite crafty and sew their own; the bag itself becomes part of the present.

3. Tea Towels

Use a tea towel to wrap the present and secure it with a piece of yarn that you’ve saved from projects. These festive tea towels are available at terra20. The tea towel becomes part of the present and can then be reused.

 

4. Parcel Paper

Use recycled brown paper that parcels are wrapped with. My son finds that brown paper is a bit austere for Christmas time. I sometimes paint designs or decorate the package with images from old calendars or magazines.

3. Tea Towels

Use a tea towel to wrap the present and secure it with a piece of yarn that you’ve saved from projects. These festive tea towels are available at terra20. The tea towel becomes part of the present and can then be reused.

 

4. Parcel Paper

Use recycled brown paper that parcels are wrapped with. My son finds that brown paper is a bit austere for Christmas time. I sometimes paint designs or decorate the package with images from old calendars or magazines.

5. Scarves

Use a scarf and tie it up in a Japanese Furoshiki style. This is an elegant way to wrap parcels. You just place the gift in the middle of the scarf and tie the ends together.

There are many youtube videos that demonstrate how to use this technique. The scarf then becomes part of the gift.

Have more sustainable gift wrapping ideas? Share them below in the comments.

5. Scarves

Use a scarf and tie it up in a Japanese Furoshiki style. This is an elegant way to wrap parcels. You just place the gift in the middle of the scarf and tie the ends together.

There are many youtube videos that demonstrate how to use this technique. The scarf then becomes part of the gift.

 

Have more sustainable gift wrapping ideas? Share them below in the comments.

5. Scarves

Use a scarf and tie it up in a Japanese Furoshiki style. This is an elegant way to wrap parcels. You just place the gift in the middle of the scarf and tie the ends together.

There are many youtube videos that demonstrate how to use this technique. The scarf then becomes part of the gift.

 

Have more sustainable gift wrapping ideas? Share them below in the comments.

5. Scarves

Use a scarf and tie it up in a Japanese Furoshiki style. This is an elegant way to wrap parcels. You just place the gift in the middle of the scarf and tie the ends together.

There are many youtube videos that demonstrate how to use this technique. The scarf then becomes part of the gift.

 

Have more sustainable gift wrapping ideas? Share them below in the comments.

5. Scarves

Use a scarf and tie it up in a Japanese Furoshiki style. This is an elegant way to wrap parcels. You just place the gift in the middle of the scarf and tie the ends together.

There are many youtube videos that demonstrate how to use this technique. The scarf then becomes part of the gift.

 

Have more sustainable gift wrapping ideas? Share them below in the comments.

3. Tea Towels

Use a tea towel to wrap the present and secure it with a piece of yarn that you’ve saved from projects. These festive tea towels are available at terra20. The tea towel becomes part of the present and can then be reused.

 

4. Parcel Paper

Use recycled brown paper that parcels are wrapped with. My son finds that brown paper is a bit austere for Christmas time. I sometimes paint designs or decorate the package with images from old calendars or magazines.

5. Scarves

Use a scarf and tie it up in a Japanese Furoshiki style. This is an elegant way to wrap parcels. You just place the gift in the middle of the scarf and tie the ends together.

There are many youtube videos that demonstrate how to use this technique. The scarf then becomes part of the gift.

Have more sustainable gift wrapping ideas? Share them below in the comments.

About the Author

Monique Labelle-Wheeler

Monique Labelle-Wheeler is an Ottawa eco blogger striving to live a zero waste lifestyle. She’s also a teacher who helps run the eco club at her school.  

Follow Monique on Instagram for tips on going green: @labelle_eco_life

Comments

  • Posted On November 17, 2019 by Emily Evans

    I love how you use scarves to wrap presents but also apart of the gift. Brilliant. Thanks for the great idea and to do better for the environment !

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