During this past holiday season, gifts were exchanged in millions of households across the world. Gift after gift, wrapping paper and bows were tossed in the trash, leaving extra piles of garbage at the street, waiting to be taken to the landfill.
As someone who is environmentally conscious, I’ve always tried to reuse gift bags, bows, and occasionally tissue paper. Sometimes I just feel like a cheapskate, but I can’t bear to throw away perfectly good boxes, bags, and wrapping decor. This year, just like all the others, I watched as mounds of wrapping paper, tags, bows, and ribbons were thrown away in the garbage. I thought about the amount of waste we Americans throw away every holiday season, just to wrap gifts. How much gift wrap do we throw out? Can we recycle these items or use something more environmentally friendly? Why isn’t reusable gift wrap more popular?
So I did some research.