I Did it: Reusing Gift Bags and Wrapping Paper For Christmas

I love Christmas. There is one thing, however, I don’t love about this holiday: how much waste it creates. From food to wrapping paper and everything in between, a lot is thrown away during the Christmas season, and it’s impacting our environment in ways you would not believe.

I’m the kind of person who would shriek if I saw you throwing away perfectly good food. Waste is something I just can’t deal with. So when Christmas arrives each year, I like to enjoy my favorite holiday with a clear conscience by making it as waste-free as possible. One way I do that – and it’s really simple – is by reusing wrapping paper and gift bags. I do it every year. Friends and family wrap your presents in the most beautiful wrapping paper and gift bags – it’s such a shame to throw them away after only one use. I like to recycle the gift bags and wrapping paper my presents come packaged in by reusing them for future presents. This way, nothing goes to waste.

You can also have fun by getting creative. You can spruce up old gift bags and wrapping paper by adding little decorations and even using glossy magazine paper with funky pictures to wrap gifts. In fact, it’s more fun when you get creative at Christmas instead of just buying your gift bags and wrapping paper from a store. It makes Christmas more of what it should be about: little, heart-warming and personal touches.

The next time you get a gift in a fancy gift bag or wrapped in nice paper, don’t throw it away. Instead, upcycle them for future gifts.

-Photo Credit: Paige L. 

-Written by: Lauren K.