The scenario is simply packaged: I had 48 hours to find an eco-friendly alternative to my Costco-bought gift wrapping and packaging or I would be a self-pronounced hypocritical green writer — another consumer who doesn’t care about the environment when persuaded by a cheap price. Another artist painting a canvas of caring, but in fact buying toxic paper to paint on without a second thought. Perhaps I’m being a bit melodramatic, but I couldn’t help it; for the first full day I unsuccessfully researched areas around my house that sell environmentally sustainable wrapping paper and packaging. On the outset, I was smiling confidently when my editor asked me to write an entry about eco-friendly packaging and wrapping paper. After all, I like to boast that I live in a place where there is no alternative to green-centric businesses. But then, after no luck finding a sustainability-focused gift shop on my own, I was Yelping frantically for a West LA spot. A result came up that looked like a decent option, and I almost settled for shopping at The Green Life, a Main Street Santa Monica store that sells all sorts of green products. It looked like a nice store with a big eco-friendly focus, but there was one major problem: Nothing exactly fit into a writer’s budget — at least not this writer… yet. Finances sparked the thought that it would also cost me too many resources — gas and money — to drive clear across town. Then a revolutionary idea hit me right on the head — I’d make my gift wrap. Not only would it be eco-friendly with my recycled paper, but I’d also save money by assembling materials by myself and I’d save gas by searching online. I found many fascinating alternatives, but here are some highlights:
- On HowStuffWorks.com, I found out how to make colorful gift wrapping paper by using paint and recycled paper that is so easy a kid could do it.
- After reading how-tos on EarthEasy.com, I will never look at a calendar, comic strip or tablecloth the same again; endless reusing opportunities exist!