Sunday, December 11, 2011

December Simple Swap: Green Gift Wrapping

We all want to live healthier, more intentional lives, but sometimes it seems overwhelming and daunting to take even small steps toward our ideals because there are so many steps before us.

Simple Swap was born out of a desire and passion to encourage other women on journeys toward living healthier, more inspired, intentional lifestyles through implementing one simple swap per month. 

Each swap will:

1. Take 30 minutes or less to accomplish

2. Be inexpensive to implement or boast overall, long-haul {health} savings

3. Focus on improving health/eco-friendliness, being good stewards of our resources and/or fostering a creative and intentional life.

Some weeks, all three will be accomplished in 30 minutes or less!

The beautiful and creative Robin from Diet Coke on the Rocks already made her December Simple Swap of Green Gift Wrapping! Check it out!


We haven't bought wrapping paper for our Christmas gifts since G was born; that's right -- we are going on holiday season number four without buying pretty papers that make what's beneath the tree look so inviting.

But that doesn't mean we've sacrificed beautiful and creative wrapping; in fact, we've done just the opposite. We've revved up our creativity and in that found beauty in by not buying any new wrapping papers.

Here's how we've done it:

Green Gift Wrapping Idea 1

When we have forgotten our canvas bags while shopping, I almost always ask for paper bags in lieu of plastic. Aside from being great take 'em and leave 'em totes when bringing dinner to a friend or dropping off goods on a doorstep, paper bags make fabulous wrapping paper and give the givers of gifts a creative way to package their presents.

My boys, for example, love to decorate the insides of a paper bag I've cut at the seams and then wrap up presents in their home-made beautiful wrapping paper.

Aside from saving money, recycling and exercising their creative juices, it's a really personal way to decorate a gift for a loved one.

Green Gift Wrapping Idea 2

Maybe you're thinking something more sophisticated? Newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and any other text-heavy print are perfect for a simple seco-friendly black and white wrapping motiff.

Gift two

Simply take the most text-heavy sections and wrap up the gifts. Cut thick strips of newspaper and fold over the strips to make a bow to adorn the top.

We're trying this gift wrapping for the first time this year, and I'm so psyched to recycle our reading as well as make it into something beautiful!

Green Gift Wrapping Idea 3 

We've made it a point every holiday to save cheery bags, still-usable tissue paper and bows and ribbons that are in great shape after being disassembled. We keep everything in a Rubbermaid box in the basement and pull it out when we need to wrap.

I've also found that cut evergreen bushes, as well as fresh-cut holly berries and scavenged pine cones arranged together are great replacements for bows.

So how do YOU Green Gift Wrap? Take a picture or write about it and link up for a chance to win an entire recycled gift wrapping kit from Green Girl Gift Wrap. Included in the winning set that will be delivered in time wrapping before Christmas:

(1) pack of Snowman gift wrap
(1) pack of Red Curves Gift Wrap
(1) pack of Red Gift Wrap
(1) pack of Red/Gold Snowflakes
(1) pack of Blue Diamond gift wrap
(1) pack of purple Stripe gift wrap
(1) pack of Wedding gift wrap
(2) Large gift bags
(2) Medium gift bags
(2) Small gift bags
(2) Packs of tissue paper

But link soon!

We're closing the linky at midnight Thursday, Dec. 15 so the winner will get her kit in time for Christmas. 

{No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents who are 18 years and older. The link will close on December 15th at 11:59pm and the winner will be selected randomly Dec. 16, 2011 from the link up pool. Green Girl Gift Wrap is only providing the giveaway items; I have not been compensated in any way or gifted with any product to talk about GGGW}.