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This month we are supporting Kai Rescue December 03, 2017 10:58

We are proudly donating $1 from every online sale this month to support this wonderful local charity.

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Well That's a Nice Surprise November 11, 2017 08:19

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5 Easy Tips For A Sustainable Xmas October 29, 2017 07:41

Who doesn't get to December and think WHOOAAA how did that happen? We follow a few simple steps through November to give you back some control for the busy summer season of visitors and holidays. This months e-newsletter gives you some ideas on how to prepare now, saving you both time and money.

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Day 10 Plastic Free July | Giveaways July 11, 2017 09:58

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Oh Goodie - helpful tips for a plastic free July and more giveaway chances June 23, 2017 07:42

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Are you ready for Plastic Free July? Enter for your chance of a fabulous giveaway pack June 23, 2017 07:37

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And The Winner Is ... Mums! June 23, 2017 07:35

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Introducing new SPRUCE designs February 25, 2017 15:56

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12 Days of Giveaways! December 07, 2016 12:50

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Mothers Day newsletter May 25, 2016 13:43

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Feb 2016 Newsletter update from The Green Collective February 24, 2016 22:23

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The Green Collective Newsletter November 23, 2015 14:17

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SPROUTING 101 November 19, 2015 22:33

Go GREEN – 10 unique & sustainable ways to wrap gifts November 19, 2015 22:33

Panic, without wrapping paper what will you do?

Christmas is coming! You need to wrap your gift, disguise it and make it look stylish, creative or even unique. Or do you?

  • Just how did the tradition of gift wrapping evolve? 
  • Why do we gift wrap at Christmas?
  • Can you show me some tips and techniques to go green this year?

Here is your guide to a cheerful and sustainable gift giving season.  

Do you wonder if in time we will look back at our annual paper, tape, and ribbon purchases with complete embarrassment? As yet another habit that used our worlds precious resources for an unneccesary task the we then threw into landfill, year upon year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, gift wrapping sales in U.S. alone totaled $9.36 billion in 2010 (more than the combined GDP of Africa’s 9 poorest countries). In the UK, per one estimate, people throw away 226,800 miles of wrapping paper over the holidays alone -- enough to stretch nine times around the world.

Recycling wrapping paper can be difficult. Shiny, sparkly ones are often dyed and laminated; it can also contain non-paper additives such as gold and silver colouring, glitter and plastics; and often has sticky tape attached to it.  Also, many of the fibres used in the cheaper types of paper are not strong enough to recycle.  Even if you are careful and reuse when you can, it can really only be used once or twice more then landfill or incineration are all too often the final options. 

Historically, fabric wrapping cloths, known as ‘furoshiki’ in Japan and ‘bogaji’ in Korea were typical, and these are a great environmentally friendly alternative. These video links show you how easy it can be. Have fun with different fabrics. Don't use your Christmas table cloth anymore? Chop it into squares and you could have many of your gorgeous gifts wrapped in minutes.

Gift bags often get re-used. Gifted tins or metal boxes now adorn many kitchens and provide great knick knack and craft storage. Fabric bags are a clever and stylish way to 'wrap'. Your surprise is uniquely hidden, and now the gift and the bag are both presents that can delight the recipient. Clever you!

Re-purpose items from your own home. Wrap presents in:

  • kids art,
  • old maps,
  • pages from torn books or old sheet music
  • old dress patterns (often found in op shops)
  • saved tissue paper from your last online purchase
  • wallpaper scraps - even try covering an old shoebox to hold the gift
  • finished calenders, often have gorgeous pictures
  • or try using part of the actual gift like a tee-towel, blanket, scarf or tee-shirt

There are plenty of green ways to wrap your presents that still scream out special occasion. If you really can't stray from traditional wrapping paper then look for those made with recycled paper, or consider decorating plain brown packaging paper. See NZ made Toodles Noodles. Shiny ribbon can be replaced with 100% cotton twine. Widely available, comes in a range of colours and is biodegradable. 

Creative ways to use the wrapping paper you can't recycle or reuse; here are some useful tips for how to use it in your own home:

  • stuff it - top up your sagging ottoman or beanbag
  • mush it - paper mache anyone?
  • stuff old stockings or long socks with paper to make boot shapers. Simply slide inside your boots

Show you care, and do your share this gift giving season.

The Green Collective's Newsletter October 24, 2015 17:05

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