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Did you know that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, US household waste increases by more than 25 percent? An additional one million tons of garbage is added to our landfills each week from increased food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons.

While there are plenty of reasons to be thankful for this time of years, that’s not to say that life is perfect. This holiday season, we thought we’d incorporate a major lesson taught out at Lions Camp each summer and practice environmental awareness with a few fun ways to save on gift wrap:

newspaper-wrapping
Newspaper – Finished catching up on today’s current events? Start saving your newspapers and take your recycling to a whole new level. The best part about this material is that no special skills are required to wrap your gifts. You’ll follow the same techniques that you use with regular wrapping paper but will likely spend a little less time with your scissors.

 

potato-chip-wrapping
Potato Chip Bags – Leave it to Martha Stewart to find a way to reuse potato chip bags! Simple wash and air dry the empty bag and cut along the seam to reveal beautiful, metallic colors. Wrap your presents and dress them up with ribbons and homemade cards.

 

 

map-wrapping
Maps – Thanks to the technology found in our smartphones and GPSs, those once ever-so-important paper maps, are no longer necessary to get from Point A to Point B. Give your old map a new life as gift wrap and add a worldly touch to the holidays.

 

leftover-fabric-wrapping
Leftover Fabric – Attention crafters! You finally have a use for those saved scraps of fabric by replacing it with gift wrap. Depending on the size and shape of the gift, you may be able to use some creative folding techniques to complete the wrapping job, or you may need to find a pretty bow to add the finishing touch.

 

 

Used Gift Bags – If you’re ahead of the game and already have your presents wrapped, it’s never too early to start thinking about the year ahead. Begin collecting bows, ribbons, gift bags and wrapping paper to reuse for the next year’s holiday season.

 

These are only a handful of ways that you can do your part to reduce household waste. How do you plan to wrap all of gifts this holiday season? There’s never been a better time to get creative and save; you’ll never know what you might come up with.

Happy Wrapping from Lions Pride!

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