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Wrap It Up With Reusable Materials

Americans throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, which accounts 25 million tons of extra garbage. If every American family wrapped just three presents in reuseable materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. And if every family reused just two feet of ribbon, the amount of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.
Check out these cool ideas for wrapping gifts with materials you already have lying around the house.


Wrap a wine bottle in a dish towel

Use old maps, comics or pages from a magazine to wrap gifts

Give your gift giving some pizzazz with buttons or even paint sample cards

paint chips
Use fabric from old clothes or accessories to wrap gifts


How To Turn Last Year’s Holiday Cards Into This Year’s Decorations

Every year you send and receive holiday greeting cards, and every year, you add to the collection. If you’re one of those people who can’t bear to part a single card, check out these creative ways to display last year’s greetings while decorating for this year’s holiday season.

Use ribbon to create a waterfall of cards


Use clothes pins to creatively display your cards in a wreath


Playfully arrange your cards in the shape of a tree


Or use the cards as ornaments on your tree
card tree

Consider this:
The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. If we each sent one card less, we’d save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.

Take the Sting Out of Tax Season

shredded tax formAh spring. As Mother Nature knocks the chill out of the air,the sounds of the season – birds chirping, bees buzzing – begin to wake us from our winter hibernation. But then like a lawnmower on a Saturday morning, we’re jerked from our reverie by the shrill sounds of pencils tapping, hair pulling, calculator keys clicking and clacking and the inevitable whirr of the paper shredder. Ah tax season.

Check out these post-tax season projects that make use of all that shredded paper. Even if you don’t get a refund from Uncle Sam, your “green” conscious will be greatly rewarded.


• Use shredded paper as mulch in the garden. Mulch protects the soil underneath your plants, helps retain moisture and prevents weeds from cropping up. Best of all, paper mulch is biodegradable.
• Use shredded paper to line your pet cages or litter boxes. Paper is the safest — and cheapest — liner for bird cages.DSC_0402
• Use shredded paper instead of store bought “grass” to line Easter baskets or decorative flower vases.

• Use shredded paper as gift box/bag stuffing or as packing material when shipping small items. That’s a gift for your friend AND the environment.

paper-shredded-paper mache


• Use shredded paper to make paper mâché. You’ll need flour, table salt and watery and this simple recipe.

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