Eco-friendly gift packaging ideas – Brit + Co


We know the holiday season can be a lot of waste, and that’s why we’re big fans of eco-friendly gift wrap. Landfills contain around 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper, according to Earth911, so we’ve put together a few ideas – from sustainable gift wrapping to unique ways to eliminate wrapping paper completely – to make your holiday season one. little more ecological.


Central 23 wrapping paper sheets ($ 13)

Have you ever spent time carefully wrapping a gift only to find that one of the corners of the gift went through the paper? We certainly have. Not only are these sheets thick enough that they won’t tear, but they’re made with durable paper and vegan ink.

Upgrade your brown paper bag

Upgrade your brown paper bag

As the holiday season begins, we’ve collected tons of paper shopping bags and the brown paper that is inside the wrappers. Collect all those leaves that you will probably never use and give your gifts an old-school look.

Star Kraft Recycled Paper Wrapping Paper

Star Kraft Recycled Paper Wrapping Paper ($ 4)

This glamorous design is ideal for all kinds of holiday celebrations. Made from 95% recycled paper, these sheets are also Forest Stewardship Council® certified.

Hallmark Sustainable Christmas Wrapping Paper

Hallmark Sustainable Christmas Wrapping Paper ($ 15)

These high quality sheets can be recycled, thanks to the limited ink coverage. Rudolph would certainly approve of them being made from trees in well-managed forests.

DIY wrapping paper

DIY wrapping paper

Chances are you have art or scrapbooking paper, so try making your own wrapping paper! You can use paint pens or sharpies to create designs that are as personal as your gift.

BDG Wale Wide Corduroy Tote Bag Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Wale BDG Wide Corduroy Tote Bag ($ 29)

If you have run out of the gift wrap, consider making the bag part of the gift. Pick a tote they’ll love instead of a paper bag.

Turn your greeting cards into gift wrapping

Turn your greeting cards into gift wrapping

If you have as many greeting cards as we do, make them part of your gift wrap! Take plain paper to wrap your gift and cut the cards into geometric shapes until you find a design you like.

Tea towels as gift wrapping

Tea towels as gift wrapping

If your gifts are intended for a gourmet, wrap them in a tea towel. Anyone can always use a different one!

Plant Life Stone Wrapping Paper

Plant Life Stone Wrapping Paper ($ 10)

We didn’t know you could make wrapping paper from stones, but we’re totally here for it. It is environmentally friendly, water resistant and reusable.

Wrappily Warhol Santa & Soup Cans Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Wrappily Warhol Santa & Soup Cans Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap ($ 11)

Made with premium newsprint and soy-based inks, this gift wrap (which is also 100% recyclable and compostable, for info) is the perfect addition to your Christmas shopping list.

Change your gifts

Change your gifts

To completely erase the wrapping paper, give a gift that is not physical! Give an experience, like tickets to a show or a gift card to their favorite local business.

Eco-friendly gift wrapping for Christmas tree

Ecological gift wrapping for Christmas tree ($ 6 and more)

FabWrap is a great alternative to wrapping paper because it is cut from cotton and stamped by hand. Not only is it better for the earth, but every leaf is unique!

Reuse your wrapping paper

Reuse your wrapping paper

Chances are, no matter how hard you try, you’ll end up with a few pieces of wrapping paper. Never scared! Turn paper into a garland, mobile, party hats and more with these fun crafts.

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Rufus T. Sifford

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