Who among us hasn’t looked around Christmas morning at the staggering amount of wrapping paper and thought, ” What could I do with all that paper?”  And who hasn’t lamented trashing those beautiful cards with gold embossed doves on them?  Here are some ideas on how to make this Christmas the greenest one ever.

  •  In the US we generate 4 million tons of trash from wrapping paper and gift bags.  Here are some alternatives:DSC03258
    • choose recycled paper.  Several years ago, I decided to use brown kraft paper for all my gift wrapping.  Christmas gifts are finished off with raffia and pine cones.  Can’t get much greener than that!  : )
    • Create an arts and crafts drawer for children to make cards with old wrapping paper.Craft a thank you note with the wrapping paper from your gift.
    • Foil, or metallic, paper is the most difficult to reuse and is not easy to recycyle. It does make an elegant presentation, so maybe save foil paper for that extra special gift-not for all of them.
    • Other ideas for wrapping paper: old maps, newspaper, cartoons from the Sunday paper, old calendars and posters.

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  • Christmas cards are so lovely to give and receive. Of course, I hear every year that e-cards are more eco-friendly, but I’ll claim generational preference here:  I like sending and receiving cards.  While I don’t feel “guilty” for doing so, I do want to do my part in reducing the burden such a tradtion places on our beautiful earth.  Here’s a wonderful solution:

St Jude’s Ranch for Children recycyled card program.  They accept new and used greeting cards all year round.  They take the cards and create beautiful new cards that are sold to support programs and services for abused, neglected and homeless children and their families.

  • To Donate Cards:
    Please review the following tips before sending in your donation.
  • Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the backside of the front of the card is clear of any writing, etc.)
    We can not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting cards
    5″ x 7″ size or smaller is preferred

  • To mail large quantities in the least expensive way, use a USPS (United States Post Office) Flat Rate Box (available at your local Post Office), which holds up to 70 pounds
    Mail donations to:
    St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
    Recycled Card Program
    100 St. Jude’s Street
    Boulder City, NV 89005