How do you wrap your presents? What happens to the wrapping?

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 14, 2010
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“I save up comic paper to use. My sister uses old maps of Minnesota – which are beautiful – lots of blue because of all the lakes!

Or, cloth. Furoshiki!

How to wrap your presents in Furoshiki (cloth) to avoid using wrapping paper. Unlike wrapping paper (which with tape can’t easily be recycled) Furoshiki can be used again and again.

My mom uses comics, too, or lovely paper she finds from wherever…she makes collages for the cards, and finishes it all off with her lovely handrwriting, calligraphy and big red lovely heart.

How do you do it? How do you undo it?


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “How do you wrap your presents? What happens to the wrapping?”

  1. Linda says:

    I also have found old Japanese calendars make very elegant wrapping paper. Yes, I save pictures from magazines I like and make collage cards, but even save envelopes and bits for for scratch paper. The Halifax Shambhala Centre where I work does the same. I try to recycle all paper–think TREES! Fortunately the city of Halifax recycles paper, so thoroughly used paper gets reused as paper again. There is free green cart service here in Halifax as well, for boxboard like cereal boxes as well as compost; and the many provincial and city gardens use all the compost. This has reduced trash pick up greatly, so we are not going through the landfills like some US cities. Every bit helps!

  2. […] with paint or markers–get your kids involved; place gifts inside of other gifts. Wrap it up in old maps. An eco-chic tote makes a nifty gift bag! Send e-cards. blah blah blah. Everyone will be talking […]

  3. elephantjournal says:

    Karen P I make fabric gift bags for the smaller items, using fabric from used clothing I buy at Goodwill. So far, they have been well received.

    Melanie G: I don't give 'material' gifts,( or receive them) so no wrapping, plastic or ribbon