Have you ever thought of the amount of waste created during gift-giving holidays from leftover wrapping paper? Cut down on the added paper waste by using reusable wrapping paper and gift bags.
Reusablebags.com has a nice selection of gift bags and variations of wrapping paper, including this one shown here by Chewing the Cud, which is made from 100-percent organic cotton.
You can always poke around in your local retail store to find some interesting ways to package your next present. Target has hemp gift bags that could be reused as a handbag or even a lunch bag. Or use your imagination and find containers you know the recipient will reuse over and over again, such as a lightweight, drawstring gym bag filled with sports equipment or accessories for the athlete in your life.
If you happen to be frantic for last-minute wrapping ideas, you can always use some of the old standbys - plastic or paper grocery bags or maybe even a small tote bag you might not use anymore. Of course, there's always yesterday's newspaper.