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Deck the Halls with Green Gift Wrap!

You picked out your perfect green minded holiday gift, and brought it home from the store in your eco-chic reusable bag and now it’s ready to be wrapped up in…what?  Anybody who has been in charge of picking up the gift wrap after the nieces and nephews have shredded their gifts open knows that gift wrap can create a whole mess of waste!  Well when wrapping up your gifts this year think about going green!   Your gifts will look fabulous, and by reusing you will save some wallet green too!

Reusable Gift Bags

The gift wrapping that keeps on giving!  There are some great companies out there that create fabulous reusable gift bags for all occasions.  When you give one to someone as their gift wrap they can then pass it on to their next gift receiver!  These are perfect for families for the holidays because you can keep them for every year saving bukoos in cash and in trash!

Check out these fun bags by Lucky Crow.

Paper Bag= Wrapping Paper

The tried and true paper bag has so many uses, including wrapping papper!  Create personalized gift wrapping by using crayons, markers, stencils, stamps, and some fun reusable ribbon!  This is super fun for kids, as well as adults:), to get to help decorate the wrapping too!

How to create paper bag wrapping paper.

Recycled Wrapping Paper

Recycled wrapping paper is not just rustic scenes and animal prints any more!  Step up to chic, beautiful, and fun recycled wrapping!  The gift wrap designs from Fish Lips Paper Designs are made from 100% recycled paper and are printed with soy based inks!  Green gift wrap just went glam!

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Tis’ the Season for Green Giving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  During these times of economic peril, it is important to remember to be thankful for what we do have.  While the economy may be suffering, including our own pocketbooks, we still have our friends and family to be thankful for.  For far too long the holiday season has become a time of ridiculous conspicuous consumption consisting of indulgences that will probably be forgotten by the next year if not the next month.  So perhaps this economic situation could be a positive situation in that the true values of the holidays may shine through: family, forgiveness, thankfulness, and living in the present…moment that is.

Some of the best gifts I have ever gotten have been gifts that have been handmade or handed down.  It feels great to know someone made something just for you, or they knew you would really enjoy a book from their collection that meant something to them.  The great things about these gifts is they are usually a lot more eco-friendly!  However, if you are not quite the artisan or wish to go the thrifty route, consider making a green gift purchase for your loved ones!

Urban Eco Nest’s Top 3 Green and Wallet Friendly Gifts!

1. Chico Bags! These great reusable shopping bags fold up small enough to fit in your purse or on your keychain!  That way you have a bag wherever you are.  Plus, they come in a variety of stylish colors and at $5 a bag who could say no? Stocking stuffer anyone?

2. Divine Chocolate!  Who doesn’t love a great piece of dark chocolate?!  This chocolate company makes some of the best chocolate I have ever had.  Plus, it is fair trade and affordable, so you won’t feel guilty indulging in one of these or giving one! Search on their website for a store near you.

3. One More Cup of Coffee for the RoadEqual Exchange Fair Trade Coffees and Teas.  Tea and Coffee are perfect gifts for the holiday season.  Introduce that Folgers loving friend or family member of yours to some real coffee that tastes fantastic and actually helps the coffee and tea growers!

Also, Co-op America has put together a great Green Gift Catalog filled with companies and organizations that sell great products while doing good for the planet!  Another holiday favorite of mine is Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade gift store with something unique for everyone!  Plus, they have some really beautiful and affordable gifts that also do something good for the artisans.

The holidays are a great time of giving and also waste.  Do your part to reduce the impact on the planet by giving a green gift this year, which is a gift all of us can share.

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