Ideas For A Green Christmas
There are plenty of ways to make your holiday season environmentally sound without being a
scrooge. The trick is to decorate and wrap with items already found in your house. In other
words, use stuff which is currently destined for the garbage instead of going out and buying brand
new objects to toss out.
|Prove to yourself that you are truly an environmentalist.
This year don't use ANY
commercially produced wrapping items. And try making your own cards and envelopes!|
Try these ideas:
- Make cards from scrap paper and cereal boxes.
- Instead of buying them, write directly on the wrapping paper with a black marker.
- Make your own by cutting old cards with pinking shears, punching a hole in the corner, and
tying together with string. Write the name and a little note on the inside.
- Instead of buying these relatively expensive items so that you can hang ornaments on the tree,
try making your own out of spiral notebook wire or paper clips.
- Instead of buying tissue paper to wrap clothing in, use the tissue paper from single rolls of
toilet paper. (Who cares about the writing on the tissue paper--you're just going to throw it out
- To prevent objects from sloshing around in the box, try making toilet paper tube packing material . (I wouldn't recommend this for fragile
items--I don't know if it will prevent breakage.)
- Wrap your presents in the Sunday comics. (Don't try this with the rest of the newspaper
since the ink will smudge.)
- Draw seasonal pictures on scrap paper, envelopes, the backs of receipts, etc. and wrap your
presents with them (this will probably require some cutting and taping).
- Wrap your presents in last year's wrapping paper (if you still have it). If there are only small
pieces which are usable, cut and tape for a collage.
- Cut the seams of potato chip bags, wash, and wrap presents with the shiny side out.