Green wrapping paper for Christmas

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Interesting that as we approach the last week for you to take our survey on going green for Christmas, I received a publicity email today about two new companies selling reusable gift wrap.

You might not be thinking about gifts yet, but it might be a good idea to order your gift wrap now. I know I need to do so. As I wrote in Have yourself a green Christmas, wrapping paper is the next area in which I want to go green. (Do you think it's a good idea or that I'm crazy/a Grinch? Take the survey!)

Why reusable gift wrap? Here's what the press release said about the environmental toll of wrapping paper:

The Stanford University Recycling Center adds, "if every American family wrapped just three presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover nearly 50k football fields."

Sure it might be a bit more expensive, but in addition to environmental savings, you don't have to buy new wrapping paper every year. These two new sites also have much prettier products than ones I have seen in the past two. Lyziwraps seem the easiest to use, while Bobo Wrap has tutorials of how to tie their scarves around presents--or yourself--in fancy ways.

There are also simple fabric sacks (which I suppose you could make with a little effort): Green Life Gift Sack, Luck Crow Gift Bags, and Wrapsack.  

I'm excited to see whether people think I'm a (green) Grinch or not when we compile the survey results in October so take the survey and share it with others.