Friday, December 12, 2014

Unwrapping the Dilemma of Wrapping Paper

As the holiday season approaches and gifts are shared between friends, family, and loved ones, mounds of wrapping paper can quickly accumulate. It's best to have a strategy ahead of time to deal with this dilemma before the holiday season picks up so that you know how to best prevent waste. Here are a couple of tips:

1) A good present comes with a good story
"This gift is from a sheep herder who guided me to a secret temple on the steep mountain peeks of the Andes Mountains..." No, no, no. Not that type of story! I meant the newspaper! Why even bother buying overpriced holiday wrapping paper when you can get it for FREE from newspaper distributors around town? You could even try to match the story to the person if you wanted to get real personal. Didn't these people do an elegant job in their wrapping?


2) Recycle it
Most, but not all, wrapping paper is recyclable. Watch out for wrapping paper that is heavily dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives (gold+silver+aluminum lining, glitter, plastics).

3) Get creative!
How about having some fun with those mounds of paper! It's not trash at all, but rather supplies for some fabulous paper mache art. A great activity for those of all ages.

Also, don't forget to take pictures of the decorations outside your place for the Holiday Decorating Competition! Pictures are due by Saturday, December 20th. Send your picture to neighborhoodambassador@mso.umt.edu to win a holiday gift basket. Vote for your house or those in your neighborhood by using our Facebook page to determine who wins. May the friendly competition begin!