10 ideas for zero-waste gift wrapping

December 6, 2018 by  
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Wrapping beautiful presents for the holidays can create a lot of trash, thanks to all of the paper, bags, bows and ribbons. They may look amazing sitting under your tree for a few days, but within seconds of being opened, the garbage bags quickly fill up. Gift wrapping is one of the most wasteful parts of the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can actually wrap beautiful presents without creating a ton of trash; you just have to use the right materials. If you look around your house, keep your eyes open at work, pull from the recycling bin, hit up a thrift shop and visit your local craft store, you can find the perfect items to wrap your presents in a zero-waste manner. Wrapping paper alternatives Newspaper The perfect idea for last-minute wrapping paper , newspaper is a material that you can easily find in the recycling bin at home or work. Use the comics section or advertising circulars to add a little color, or stick with the traditional black and white print. Either way, this option gives new life to a material that usually finds its way to the trash just as quickly as store-bought wrapping paper. You can also use magazines, old books, vintage maps or sheet music to wrap your gifts. Upcycling paper for gift wrapping is an idea that can’t go wrong. Paper grocery bags Another material that you will find in most recycling bins, paper grocery bags give a little texture to your gift wrapping, and this material can be easily dressed up with embellishments. Even if there is a logo on the bag, you can still use it. Simply take an old Christmas card and place it on the spot you want to cover. Fabric With some sewing scraps, old button-down shirts, cloth napkins or scarves from a thrift shop, you can make your gift wrapping zero-waste by using fabric . There is actually a Japanese fabric wrapping technique called furoshiki, which embraces an eco-friendly philosophy by folding and tying cloth in a unique way. Butcher paper White or brown butcher paper makes perfect wrapping paper because you can easily make it jazzy or keep it plain. Plus, it is never in short supply. You can find it in a recycling bin, or visit your local craft store and find rolls for cheap. Related: 3 easy, last-minute DIY gifts for nature lovers Mason jars Instead of filling up a gift bag, consider using glass jars to “wrap” your gift. You can dress up the jar with some old fabric or ribbon, and the recipient can reuse the jar instead of tossing a bag in the trash. Blankets Most people won’t object to getting two presents in one, especially when the bonus present is a soft, cuddly blanket. Place your gift on a flat blanket, then tie all of the corners together for a fun wrapping idea. Flower seed paper Try this unique alternative to traditional wrapping paper — plantable paper . This innovative gift wrap is made from post-consumer materials and is completely biodegradable. The paper is embedded with seeds, which sprout into flowers once the paper is planted. Ties and embellishments Twine/hemp Keep your tape use to a minimum by using twine or hemp to tie up your packages. With a simple spool of string, you can tie up all of your presents that you wrap in newspaper, paper grocery bags or butcher paper. Leather cord This strong material can easily tie up your gifts, and you can find rolls and rolls of it for just a few bucks. Leather cord also comes in a variety of colors, so it will easily dress up plain paper. Fabric scraps If you have pieces of fabric that aren’t large enough to wrap an entire gift, you can use those pieces to decorate a plain package or jar. Cutting up some long, narrow strips of fabric is an easy solution for jazzing up gifts, and it keeps your gift wrapping to zero-waste . Old jewelry Thrift stores are loaded with brooches and bracelets that you can buy with the change in the bottom of your purse. There are many beautiful jewelry options that you can use to add some sparkle to your gift wrapping when you tie them with fabric scraps or cloth napkins. Cinnamon sticks This option is beautiful, smells amazing and is also compostable. Simply tie some cinnamon sticks with string — and add a little greenery like pine needles or fresh herbs — to give your gifts an extra dose of holiday cheer. Natural elements Find fallen leafy branches from evergreen trees, pinecones, winter berries or twigs to adorn your packages. Simply tie them into place with twine, hemp, leather cords or fabric scraps for an impressive, thoughtful touch. Via Going Zero Waste and Trash is for Tossers Images via Leone Venter , Chang Duong and Kari Shea

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Cassandra Verity Green Draws Criticism for Fishbowl Handbags

August 17, 2013 by  
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Designer Cassandra Verity Green caused quite a stir at the Central Saint Martins fashion show when she unveiled a line of perspex fishbowl backpacks and purses. The  Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  wasn’t having any of it. “While we understand that a graduate fashion show is about grabbing attention and headlines, we do have concerns that using a living creature to create a novel or unusual accessory encourages people to see them as replaceable ornaments, rather than living creatures in need of care and commitment,” said a RSPCA spokeswoman  in a statement . What’s your opinion on using living fish as accessories? Head over to Ecouterre to take a poll. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cassandra Verity Green , Central Saint Martins , Fashion , fashion show , fish purse , goldfish , purse        

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Cassandra Verity Green Draws Criticism for Fishbowl Handbags

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Designer Cassandra Verity Green caused quite a stir at the Central Saint Martins fashion show when she unveiled a line of perspex fishbowl backpacks and purses. The  Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  wasn’t having any of it. “While we understand that a graduate fashion show is about grabbing attention and headlines, we do have concerns that using a living creature to create a novel or unusual accessory encourages people to see them as replaceable ornaments, rather than living creatures in need of care and commitment,” said a RSPCA spokeswoman  in a statement . What’s your opinion on using living fish as accessories? Head over to Ecouterre to take a poll. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cassandra Verity Green , Central Saint Martins , Fashion , fashion show , fish purse , goldfish , purse        

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Don’t Waste Your Shattered Makeup – Fix It!

February 22, 2013 by  
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Don’t you just hate it when your expensive powder makeup breaks and inevitably spills out into your purse? Well, you’re in luck! Follow these simple steps by Laura Russell, the creative mind behind Make Life Lovely and our first Reuse Design…

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10 Awesome Upcycled Products from Ethical Ocean

February 22, 2013 by  
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Walking the fine line between stylish and sustainable can be tough. Sure, you want to buy products that align with your values. But you also want to pick up something you actually like, so it won’t sit forgotten in the back of a closet and create…

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Ahsayane’s EcoChic Pot Is a Purse for Your Favorite Seasonal Blooms

August 8, 2012 by  
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Fresh, vibrant and versatile — we’ll go ahead and name Ahsayane’s EcoChic Pot as this season’s it-bag. Designed as a flower pot made in ceramic, this clever design features a stylish purse string that can be hung inside or outside your home as a beautiful piece of decor. But we say, if you’re really fashion forward (someone send this to Lady Gaga , stat!), try taking it out for a night on the town — it’s sure to be a conversation starter! + Ahsayane Design Studio The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ahsayane , eco friendly accessories , eco friendly purse , EcoChic Pot , flower pot purse , garden purse , gardening accessories

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James Henry Austin’s Olympic-Inspired Project Won Furniture is Made from Salvaged Sports Hall Flooring

August 8, 2012 by  
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Inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games, British designer James Henry Austin created Project Won, a line of furniture made entirely from salvaged sports hall flooring from the UK. All the furniture is handmade in Austin’s Shropshire workshop using time-tested traditional joinery techniques. The individual planks are hand sanded, leaving the original sports lines on display and then recoated with a natural wax oil. The furniture is handmade to order, one piece at a time and is built to last. The Project Won series consists of a chair, table, bench, coffee table and coat rack. + James Henry Austin The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , England , furniture design , James Austin , James Henry Austin , London , recycled wood , salvaged wood furniture , UK

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Future smartphones could become self-charging

August 12, 2011 by  
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Balakrishnan Ramachandran: Photovoltaic Polarizers Developed by UCLA As smart phones get loaded with more applications and sharper displays, a phone user is constantly looking for power outlets to recharge his phone. A new development from the UCLA Materials Science department could change that soon. The major user of power in a phone is its display. Some 80-90 per cent of battery drain happens when the phone screen is lit up, which is of course all the time is in use, instead of being in a pocket or a purse. The phone LCD display is made of two sheets of polarized transparent sheets which sandwich the liquid crystal molecules called pixels. When the phone is in use, a back light gets turned on. These were fluorescent lights earlier but are now, largely LED arrays. The pixels in the display get turned on or off by transistors in the microchips in the phone to allow the back light through to the user’s eye. Only a small part of the back light goes through the pixels and over 75 per cent of the light energy gets absorbed in the polarizing sheets. The UCLA team led by Professor Yang Yang has come up with an organic photovoltaic polarizer that would convert the light from the back light into electricity to charge the phone battery. In addition, the polarizer would also absorb light from external sources such as sunlight or even indoor lighting to recharge the phone battery. Professor Yang Yang says that this would be the future for display technology for not just phones but also for tablet computers and other electronic devices. Once this technology gets implemented, the only time the phone battery drains is when it is in the pocket or the purse! Via: Engadget

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How can I reuse or recycle leather/suede purse/bag?

August 25, 2010 by  
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We’ve had an email from Joanne: Hi, I have an old leather zipped wallet type purse which is old, worn and quite grubby. I would rather recycle it somehow than put it in the bin but am not sure how to do this.

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Reusable Shopping Totes

March 1, 2010 by  
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As a planet, we consume over 500 billion (that’s with a B!) plastic bags each year. Stop the madness! Stock up on totes to help schlep your groceries or mall splurges without the plastic. Here are some of our latest favorites: Maggie Bags Available in purse, messenger bag and large tote styles in every color under the sun, we love Maggie Bags!  These super durable bags are made from reclaimed automobile seat belts.  It’s true:  each year millions of yards of seat belt webbing are rejected by car manufacturers for the slightest color variation.  Rather than hitting the landfill, the folks at Maggie Bags snatch up these belts, dye them funky colors and weave them into cool bags.  Since the polyester seat belt webbing was originally designed to save lives, these bags are super strong and durable – they’re even machine washable!  The Tote of Many Colors is our favorite – it’s a fantastic market bag and will be awesome for the beach too.  Check out the website to see all of the styles and colors available, as well as where to buy these chic handbags.

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