Mom Knows Best : How To Wrap Presents With Reusable Cloth Bags

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How To Wrap Presents With Reusable Cloth Bags

Check out how you can cut back on waste by using cloth grocery bags to wrap presents.




It is a couple days after Christmas and trash cans are filled with so much waste from all the wrapping paper and boxes from all the gifts. The trash service doesn't come until Friday and the cans are overflowing. It makes me sad to see all that waste in my neighbor's trash cans as most people do not take the time to recycle the boxes and the wrapping paper. On top of that, if one did want to recycle the wrapping paper, they would be surprised that most of it can not be recycled. There is some wrapping paper that is able to be recycled but that is only good if your city allows any wrapping paper to be recycled. My city does not recycle any wrapping paper so I decided this is going to be the last year that I wrap my gifts with paper that will end up in the landfill. I already have stopped buying paper napkins and instead use cloth ones so I am ready to do even more to reduce my trash waste.



This was our mound of trash after we opened up presents. I will recycle the boxes but sadly the wrapping paper will go in the trash can as my city does not accept it in the recycles. After attending ShiftCon a couple of weeks ago, I am trying to be more "green" as I want to not only take care of my body but also the earth. So I thought up a better way to wrap presents. I will use cloth bags, you know the ones that people use at the grocery store, to wrap my gifts. I always have a stash of these cloth bags as I get plenty from blogging conferences, like ShiftCon, and from brands that I work with. I discovered that with a few extra touches, like ribbon, that I also get from brands, that I can use these bags to wrap almost any gift. 


  The awesome thing is that the receiver of the gift will then get a cloth bag to use at the grocery store. This bag just might help a person to be greener and thus reduce the use of plastic grocery bags. Did you know that most of those plastic bags end up in the landfill? If the consumer does take them back to the store to be recycled, well then energy needs to be used to recycle them. So using a cloth bag over and over is the better choice. I like to stuff all my cloth bags into a bigger cloth bag and then keep them in my car so they are always ready to use. When I unload the bags, I then place them by the garage door to then put back in the car next time I drive. Here is another picture of my Christmas waste.


Now here is a picture of gifts in reusable cloth bags. I love that after the presents are opened, my guest can take a cloth bag with them to use for grocery shopping. The bags that I use for my family's gifts can then be stuffed into a bigger bag and then be stored for next time. Those bags take up less room than all those tubes of paper. I also do not have to waste money buying more paper at the after holiday sales. That keeps me out of the stores buying items I don't need just because it is on sale. 
For some people using cloth bags may not seem as pretty as Christmas wrapping paper but with some practice and using items that you already have like ribbon, silk flowers, etc, you will make a great looking gift that is great for the environment. I also like to reuse Christmas cards for gift tags.

What are some ways you can reduce trash for your gifts?
 I would love to see how you wrap a gift without using wrapping paper.


Want to know more about ShiftCon, the healthy living conference that I attended? The next conference is February 2018 in California. Get details here.











19 comments:

  1. LOVE this idea! We are firm believers in recycling but you are right - some cities do not accept ALL materials for recycling.

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  2. This is perfect! I've always thought wrapping gifts was something super unnecessary because of how it doesn't really do much and just creates more waste. I need to look into this

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  3. That is such an amazing and original way to wrap presents! I love it! I will keep it on my mind for my next christmas!

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  4. It was good to know of how you care about the environment as much as we care for ourselves, because having a cleener and greener environment will give us a clean and healthy living.

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  5. Wow this is so economical! Last Christmas we reused paper bags from boutiques instead of buying Christmas gift wrappers. We saved a lot!

    Mhaan | www.mommyrockininstyle.com

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  6. This is a great way to get rid of all the wasted wrapping paper and just use bags instead. Very affordable and environmentally friendly! I love the idea! Thanks!

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  7. Wow how economical! Very creative way to eliminate waste! Great Idea <3

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  8. What a nice idea. Environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and smart. Guess I know how I'll be wrapping presents in 2017!

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  9. You're a genius as not only will using grocery bags cut down on wasted wrapping paper, it will also remind people to use these bags for ... groceries. I also wrote about this recently, sharing the Japanes custom of using (and reusing) beautiful squares of fabric, to wrap gifts. They're called furoshikis & you can learn more here ... http://www.hometipsforwomen.com/gift-wrapping-ideas-japan

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  10. Great idea for an eco-friendly wrapping paper! I also have used Christmas cards for gift tags. I hate throwing out all those pretty cards!

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  11. Very interesting idea. I reuse the stuff in my craft projects to recycle.

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  12. This is such a smart idea. Way to think outside the box and reuse. I'm going to bookmark this and remember it for next time I'm wrapping up something to give

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  13. I had no idea that some cities do not recycle wrapping paper! We use cloth bags when shopping but never would have I thought to use them to wrap gifts!

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  14. I love the idea of giving the guests bags that can be also use for shopping bag. Finding more than one way to use the bags is a great way to help save the environment as well as same money for both parties.

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  15. What a great idea! I really hate picking up all the wrapping paper after Christmas but this is good for clean up and the trees. I'll have to do this next Christmas.

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  16. What a great idea! I'll have to keep this in mind for next year.

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  17. What a great way to wrap presents. So many ways to use those cloth bags for later.

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  18. This is such a cool idea. Then you get the bags back or if not the other person can use them! Genius.

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  19. Oh my! Sucha great idea to wrap presents in eco-bags! I'll do this next Christmas!

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