When my son and his fiancee registered for wedding gifts at Macy’s, they took the “green” option by asking for no gift wrapping. It’s a great idea. According to Eco-Chick.com, if every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

But I don’t think I could go totally wrap-less. Some gifts need wrapping as part of the presentation. And there is something magical about unwrapping a gift, as any child will tell you. A new alternative is a Gift it Green (GIG) reusable fabric box. It’s an all-inclusive wrapping, so you don’t need tissue, tape or ribbon, either. I like them because I’m not a very good wrapper. Instead of struggling with cutting and folding the paper, you just put the item in the bottom of the box, wrap the “tissue paper” around it (which is a lined, shimmery, coordinated fabric attached inside the box), close the Velcro-secured flaps and tie the box (with ribbon that’s also attached). Even a young child or person with arthritis could do this. In the bottom of the box is a small fabric “Gift it Forward” tag, where you can write the city you are from before you send your package on its way. They cost between $14 to $18 depending on size, so they are actually a gift in themselves. Or if you use them for gifts in the family, it will be a gift that keeps on giving back.

The bottom line: Gift it Green fabric boxes are a clever way to reduce paper waste. And even if you don’t care about the planet, they making gift wrapping easy. Buy them at www.giftit green.com/.

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Sylvia Anderson can be reached at sylvia.anderson@newspressnow.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPAnderson.

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