Many items come in a box, bag or with some type of packaging. Instead of throwing this packaging away or recycling it, please take a moment and think where you might be able to reuse some of it. While recycling is always a good option when it’s available, the process still takes considerable energy. A more environmentally friendly solution is to turn that “trash” into something useful!
Shipping boxes can be reused making wrapping irregularly shaped items easier. Give kids an empty box and let them decorate it to make a unique gift “basket” to fill with holiday goodies and gifts. Or let their imaginations run wild and see what kinds of cool things they come up with! Cars, rocket ships, or a video arcade…the possibilities are endless!
Take papers you were going to recycle and use them to wrap packages. Or shred colored paper to use as gift bag and basket filler. Colorful magazine pictures can be cut out and made into holiday decorations.
The ribbons wrapped around many of the throws and blankets that we sell could be reused for wrapping another gift or using as ribbon to hang holiday decorations.
Plastic bags can enjoy a second life as small waste bin liners, making clean up easy after holiday guests depart.
There are many creative ways to reuse packaging. What crafty ideas can you come up with? Let us know in the comments below!