- Ditch the plastic ribbons that go directly into the landfill and instead garnish your gift with natural materials, such as pinecones, flowers, pine sprigs or even bow-tie pasta for a whimsical touch. Attach these items to a box, bag or container with natural twine rather than plastic tape.
- Have a foodie on your list? Place small cooking items—oven mitts, timers, measuring spoons and more—inside a sturdy soup pot, and the packaging becomes a part of the gift. For camping enthusiasts, lightweight nesting pots can swap in for the soup pot; fill with outdoor-specific items like a whistle, waterproof matches and instant coffee.
- Stuff heirloom seed packets, gardening gloves, sunglasses and a trowel into a terra-cotta pot, and gift it to the person on your list with a green thumb. These ubiquitous rust-hued pots are typically inexpensive—usually less than $5—and they’re made out of clay, a renewable resource.
- Beautiful, patterned scarves make exceptional zero-waste gift wrap. But buyer beware: Not all scarves are created equal. Some scarves are made with cotton—largely considered a “dirty” crop, because it’s grown using vast quantities of herbicides and pesticides. Purchase scarves made with organic cotton instead, which is grown without the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals.
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