Hi. My name’s Daisy, and I don’t do wrapping paper. I have a problem in general with single-use items. Plastic grocery bags, plastic spoons, straws, the works. I’m constantly working at eliminating or at least minimizing the impact we have on the planet.
Back to wrapping paper. It’s single-use at its worst. I was almost excited when I saw a post from the county’s Recycling and Solid Waste’s Facebook page.
I can hear you now. “Recycling and Solid Waste? She saw something exciting on the garbage department’s Facebook page?”
Take a look. Here’s a quote.
Avid recyclers know that wrapping paper and tissue are not accepted in our local recycling program. Local paper mills that recycle the paper we sell them ask us not to accept wrapping paper.
Do I need to go into the reasons? Okay, I didn’t think so. This totally supports my philosophy on wrapping paper. Which is…
- I won’t buy it. It’s a waste of money and a waste, period.
- I will, however, reuse wrapping paper. I’m one of those people: I unwrap gifts carefully and set aside the paper for reuse.
- I reuse gift bags multiple times.
- That tissue? I reuse it, too. When it’s no longer in good enough shape to stuff a gift bag, I use it to cushion ornaments and decorations when we put them away.
And so it goes, my friends and family. I am a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to wrapping paper. I love Christmas, I do. But where commercial wrapping paper is concerned, I’m the Grinch.
We haven’t bought much paper or gift wrapping in YEARS, partly because of the nature of gifts we now exchange (fewer of them and more of them experience-based). We’ve probably recycled the same bunch of bows for years now, too. If and when I ever run out, I plan to use butcher paper and twine. But I have a while to go before that day comes!