‘Tis the season of excessive waste. All across Canada this year, individual cities are implementing holiday waste reduction programs, encouraging people to be conscious of their wrapping paper needs, only use what they absolutely need, and reuse and recycle as much as possible, all in an effort to minimize the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill post-Christmas. So how can you and your family get in the zero waste holiday spirit? How about by cutting out the wrapping paper. Keep reading for some eco-friendly alternatives.


Recycled, biodegradable wrapping paper

Try: banana fiber paper, soy-based paper or flower seed wrapping paper.


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Photo Source: uncommongoods.com


Recycled old newspapers dressed up with chalkboard paint.

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Photo Source: diyandmag.com



The Japanese use Furoshiki, a traditional wrapping cloth, to enclose everything from groceries to gifts. Learn how to wrap a gift using this method here.


Reusable gift bags



Find a super simple DIY here.


A gift in a gift

Who says the gift has to be on the inside? A super cute idea that the receiver will certainly appreciate is to wrap your gift in another gift, such as a scarf, a purse or a sweater.

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Photo Source: homedit.com


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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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