How To: Eco gift wrap your presents

Eco gift wrap your presents

Tracy Hepler and Jaclyn Mullen of YDT TV demonstrate how to gift-wrap your presents in an environmentally conscious way. You will need: newspapers, scissors, tape, and lace or ribbon. Use a daily newspaper page instead of wrapping paper. A lot of paper is usually wasted around the holidays, and recycling newspapers is a great way to minimize this waste. Cut the newspaper to fit the size of your gift and place your gift in the middle of the sheet, as you normally would with ordinary wrapping paper. Fold one side of the paper over and tape it to the top of your gift. Fold the other side over and apply another small strip of tape. Fold the remaining open ends of paper into small triangles and tape them shut. Now use a small bit of lace or ribbon and tie around the gift crosswise, making sure to fasten the ends into a neat bow on top. Instead of buying gift boxes, you can reuse any unused boxes you have around your house. You can also reuse unused cloth and fabric, or wrapping paper from previous gifts. Follow these simple steps and you too can wrap your gifts and do your part to help save the planet at the same time.

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