Gift wrapping: going another round

So here’s my dirty little secret: I recycle – or more accurately, reuse – gift wrapping.

Not all the time, just where the wrapping is still largely intact and uncreased, meaning it can go another round still looking like new. I do the same with ribbons and rosettes.

In fact, recycled wrapping has become a bit of an in-joke in our family. “Do I recognise that red ribbon?” the birthday guest will smile knowingly. Chances are, they do. Often gift paper will undergo several ‘incarnations’ between our households before finally being consigned to the rubbish bin.

Perhaps I’m a little shamefaced about it – but only a little. Because it’s wasteful to throw perfectly good (and often quite expensive) wrapping paper away, just to go out and buy an identical lot for the next birthday that comes along. As well as saving you money, it’s better for the environment.

I’m no wrapping paper tyrant, forcing gift-openers to slice open their parcels carefully in order to save the wrapping. Children especially for delight in tearing open a package (love that ripping sound!)

But often the wrapping is perfectly good for another outing – possibly for a smaller parcel, after any rips along the paper’s border have been trimmed off. Have a place to keep it, somewhere out of the way where it can remain flat and undamaged; I have a nook under the stairs where I tuck gift paper away – both new and used, out of harm’s way until it’s needed.

P.S.  Tammy Donroe of BlogHer has more suggestions on reusing household items.



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