Alternative Holiday Gift Wrapping

December 11, 2013

Holiday Waste Reduction Weekly Idea #2:
Alternative Holiday Gift Wrapping

So it’s time to wrap those presents!  To help reduce holiday waste in Rice County, here are some “green” wrapping alternatives:

• Use scarves, handkerchiefs, bandannas, cloth napkins, kitchen towels or other fabric items.
• Place gifts inside reusable containers like cookie tins, mixing bowls, flower pots, gardening buckets or baskets.
• Use newspaper, old posters, and maps to wrap your gift and recycle it when you’re done. 
• Wrap gifts in your children’s or your own artwork.
• Place your gift in a reusable bag that someone can use once they’ve opened their present.
• Give a “treasure” map to find an unwrapped gift hidden elsewhere in the house.
• Use re-usable or re-used gift bags.
• For pictures and instructions on alternative ideas type  “wrapping paper alternatives” or “green gift wrap” into your search engine to find a whole host of websites with ideas.

Last but not least, if you just can’t get away from wrapping paper, consider at least purchasing paper that is made from recycled content material.

Please feel free to email any questions regarding waste reduction or recycling to

Thank you again for your participation and look for Idea #3 next week!!

Brad Behrens, Rice County Environmental Technician, (507) 332-6833
Julie Runkel, Rice County Environmental Services Director, (507) 332-6113