Opt to Act – Simple Action #4
Join REI in making the fight for life outdoors part of your life with The Opt to Act Plan – 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.
Action #4 Opt out of traditional wrapping paper to cut down on waste this holiday season.
This year, wrap your gifts in more sustainable wrapping alternatives, consider the following options:
We’d love to see and hear your ideas, your pictures, your successes and your challenges as you add this habit to your day-to-day life. Share below!
Thanks for the suggestions @REI-FelipeG . I like the idea of giving experiences rather than a physical gift. While this may not qualify in the sustainability arena, I often couple an experience with a gift. An example is that I purchased a pair of Craghopper hiking pants (at the Used Gear site) for my daughter's boyfriend, gifted them to him early and took both he and my daughter on a hike today to break them in.
Another sustainable gift idea I use for people who are difficult to buy for is to buy a selection of cuts of top-grade, fresh or frozen beef from a local farm and package it in insulated, reusable shopping bags. If I'm lucky, I get invited to at least one meal prepared with that beef. 😀
In my circle of friends and relatives we decided to only buy gifts from thrift stores. This was our second year and we love it! We find books, clothing, sporting goods, music, etc, for practically nothing. This year included REI, Ibex and Patagonia gear, & John McPhee and Jon Bowermaster books to name a few. And in the process we help the charity that runs the thrift store.