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1/2013 green journey: gift wrapping

January 3rd, 2013 by sophie · No Comments · green journey

new years makes you think about a lot of stuff. what happened last year, how did your life change and what missions did you accomplish. it also makes you think about the future, about which goals you want to reach in the coming year and which dreams you would like to come true. and of course, you think about what you would like to change in your lifestyle. maybe as i did, you also thought about, how you could be more friendly with your environment and how you could reduce the pollution you cause.

green journey will be one of our new blog-inventions we start in 2013. the weekly posts will give you some advice about what you could do to live more green. whenever you have a question or an idea, let us know, we would love to hear some feedback and share your ideas!


Christmas is just over and my full rubish bin makes me think about finding a better solution for wrapping gifts, than buying loads of paper, which gets thrown away after it got wripped off the presents. I love giftwrapping, its a big part of giving a present to someone. Still, I don’t like buying stuff which isn’t useful at all and gets thrown away in the end – like paper for gift wrapping. The fact that making paper is one of the most polluting industries on earth confirmes my point: The less we use, the better.

Thats why i spent some time to think about alternative solutions to actually buying gift wrap paper.
Here they are:

  • Reuse the Paper from gifts someone else gave to you!
  • Newspaper – Giftwrap
  • Shopping Bags
  • Sunday Comics
  • Food packaging
  • Banana leaves (if you have a plant at home)
  • Posters
And some other options, which are not free, but still reusable:
  • Reusable Cloth Bags
  • Kitchen Towels
  • Scarves
  • Recycling Paper


You are welcome to add your ideas as comments, so we can collect as many alternative solutions to gift wrap paper, as possible!


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