Monday, December 21, 2009
This year the holiday was a bit greener. I've been trying to use less wrapping paper. Sure it is pretty but it is used once, maybe twice and then it goes into the recycle bin or worse the landfill. I've been meaning to make some reusable fabric gift bags but haven't seemed to be able to find the time.
This year I came across an article on "furoshiki", a Japanese style gift wrapping. This simple and beautiful form of gift wrapping uses fabric to wrap presents. The fabric can be single or two sided, a specially made piece or a scarf or bandanna. The Care2.com article (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eco-friendly-wrapping.html) was complete with a YouTube video and a link for a wrapping guide posted by the Japanese government (http://www.env.go.jp/en/focus/attach/060403-5.html). It seemed too simple not to try. For the kids Hanukkah presents I wrapped 5 of the 8 nights gifts in dark colored bandannas. The kids didn't even blink. They still recognized a present when they see one and were able to get them open to see what surprises were within. We also reused a few gift bags too for the larger gifts.
We might not be up to a carbon neutral holiday but every little bit to make it greener is a good change.