“Did You Know?” will be a monthly feature that shares information on various topics that affect our Common Home, such as plastics, aerosols, water, compost, etc. This feature will address and offer a challenge pertaining to the following Laudato Si’ Goals:

  1. Response to the cry of the Earth
  2. Adoption of a simple lifestyle
  3. Ecological education
  4. Community engagement and participatory action

Environmental Effects of Wrapping Paper

In the USA about half of all paper products consumed is wrapping paper, which is thrown away after one use. Consider also that many gift wraps (especially cheaper bulk buy ones) come wrapped in plastic wrap. Attach a gift card and you’re looking at more than 100,000 trees being cut down (in USA) each year just for throw away gift wrapping.

But it can be different. It’s estimated that the average American gives 42 gifts each year, if only 3 of those are wrapped in recycled options it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! This shows that small change is effective and powerful. That your actions do in fact help. And that as a community – or country – we can make change.

Challenge: Use Alternative Gift Wrap

  • Fabric
  • Maps
  • Newspaper/comics
  • Jars/can
  • Wallpaper
  • Drawstring bags
  • Sheet music
  • Stockings
  • Aluminum foil
  • Brown paper bags
  • Stamped paper
  • Scarf
  • Towel
  • Ziploc containers
  • Doilies
  • Pillowcase
  • Gift Bags
  • Burlap
  • Box/crate
  • Cereal box
  • Butcher paper

 And Decorate With:

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Herbs
  • String
  • Mini pine cones
  • Fabric squares
  • Sprigs of pine
  • Holly
  • Ribbons or lace
  • Pom-poms
  • Bows

Source: Huffington Post, homegrownhillary.com, family handyman, www.wragwrap.com/wrapping-paper-facts/