All right, it's December 21 and you have found (or are about to find) thoughtful, sustainable holiday gifts for all your loved ones. Now comes the fun part—wrapping them up in a way that inspires childlike excitement and projects dreamy vibes onto your Christmas tree or menorah. Safe to say, plain-jane wrapping just won't cut it.
Plus, that traditional bright red snowman paper contributes to some pretty serious environmental damage. According to the Clean Air Council, Americans go through 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags each year. (For a little perspective, that's enough to wrap 5,787 football fields.) And over the holidays, about 227,000 miles' worth of wrapping paper gets thrown away globally—enough to circle the world nine times. The dying and lamination that gives wrapping paper its sheen makes recycling difficult, so it's trashed more often than not.
This year, consider a more sustainable, reusable option that won't end up tattered in a landfill come New Year's Eve. Here are five less wasteful alternatives to try this season.