10 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Holidays

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9. Don’t buy more bags

If you don’t already save the gift bags you receive, now would be a good time to start. Not only is this frugal idea a green one, but it will also save you some Christmas stress and money. It’s an absolute waste for a perfectly good gift bag to only be used once, so choose a location in your home, and begin stashing.

Don’t overlook the tissue paper and ribbon, which is also perfectly reusable. As long as it’s not too mangled, all it really needs is a quick ironing on the lowest setting to bring it back to life! Store this along with your gift bags for ease.

Even if it’s too late in the season for you to begin a collection to re-use this year, you still don’t have to buy new bags or wrapping paper! If you’re an avid seamstress, all those fabric scraps you haven’t found a use for can be re-purposed as unique homemade gift bags. If you don’t have fabric scraps laying around, you can even use an old t-shirt as this tutorial shows.

If your home is lacking in all of these items, you can always use newspaper. Topped with a pretty bow or tied with some twine, newspaper makes for an old-fashioned look that’s perfect for the nostalgic recipients on your gift list.

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