How to Reuse Christmas Gift Bags
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Every year, the month of December is dominated by gift giving and receiving, and whilst it is a very heartwarming time of year, it is also a period which sees tonnes of additional waste being added to the landfills. Unfortunately, packaging and gift wrapping make up a sizable portion of that junk. To try and limit the impact that generosity has on the environment, we can reuse christmas gift bags and gift wrap instead of just throwing it away.

3 Ways You can Recycle Your Christmas Bag

You can pull the tag off and re-gift a bag, but that isn’t always practical, and if the person recognizes the bag, it just cheapens the whole act of giving. We have found 3 creative ways to reuse your gift bags after Christmas that are as charming as they are eco-friendly.

1. Scrapbooking and Collages

Scrapbooking and creating collages are timeless ways to collect old keepsakes and memories in an emotive and sentimental way that can be preserved for many years to come. Alongside photographs and ticket stubs, using scraps of fabric and swatches of gift bags makes a lovely touch to your memories, all the while keeping the environment in mind.

2. Crafty Envelopes

This idea is more for paper bags, but some other materials may also work just as well. There are a variety of techniques you can use to convert bags to envelopes or small boxes, and hundreds of them can be found online. If you really enjoy DIY-projects, look into origami folding options and let your imagination run wild.

3. Handmade Book Covers

At this time of year when the kids are getting ready to go back to school, one unique way to cover their school books, files and folders is with reused gift bags and wrapping paper. This way, you can get the whole family involved, and have an open discussion about eco-friendly habits and sustainability and get the year started with the right mindset.

The Takeaway

As you can see, there are many uses for gift bags after they have been presented, which are environmentally-friendly as well as really handy. No matter what material a bag is constructed from, whether it be jute, canvas or polypropylene, it can be reused, but the bags that are the most versatile are the ones that are made out of cardboard and paper.

You can learn more about our branded paper bags at this link, to gain insight into sustainable marketing and gifting solutions, today.

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