I had planned on doing a post about eco-wrapping later this holiday season. Today I was going to write a bit about the first ever Eco-Model, Rachel Avalon, who won the Project Green Search eco-model competition. I had the chance to meet Rachel very briefly last week at the first ever Green Bloggers Convention. (On a side note, it’s thrilling to see all these new environmentally-focused events popping up. More and more people are taking action to dance lightly on our planet.)
To my surprise, while I was looking for an introduction on Rachel, I found this fantastic little video that she produced on… you guessed it… eco-friendly gift wrapping. So here’s Rachel introducing herself better than I ever could with some awesome green holiday tips.
In addition to all of Rachel’s great ideas, one of my personal favorites is wrapping gifts with the Sunday comics section. If you happen to have any old maps lying around, they also make great wrapping paper.
Reusable gift bags are good in a pinch as well. Although many of them are made from virgin materials, well made ones can be used again and again. I’ve had some holiday gift bags pass back and forth between family members for years. Just fold them after use and store them for next year.
We offer a selection of tree-free gift bags
made from a mix of kenaf, hemp, sugar cane, flax and recycled materials that will last through many gift exchanges.
If your child is asked to sell gift wrap through a school or event fundraiser, be sure to mention to the coordinator that you’d like to see recycled gift wrap on offer next year. Many of the fundraising companies don’t receive a lot of requests or feedback, so letting them know what you would purchase can really make a difference. If you have a chance to write or e-mail the company directly, take it.
As a final thought, if you’re purchasing any holiday gifts from FaeriesDance.com
, you can always have us gift wrap them for you using 100% recycled apparel boxes (65% post-consumer) with 100% post-consumer recycled tissue paper and 100% post-industrial recycled kraft gift wrap finished with natural raffia ribbon. New for this holiday, we just got in this festive tree motif recycled kraft wrapping paper design.