I’ve bought all my gifts for this upcoming baby shower, the only thing I have left to get is wrapping paper. But the more I fuss about looking for 100% recycled unbleached organic gift wrap, the more I think, forget it — the greenest way to go is no wrapping paper at all. But then again, nothing says, “Here, take this, I’m sick of holding on to it,” than a handful of unwrapped presents.
So my solution is to wrap everything (from now, right through birthdays and next Christmas) with whatever two-dimensional stuff I can find around the house. Most likely, this will consist of pages from the National Post — if the recipient is lucky, it’ll be the Arts & Life section, so he or she can at least read one of my brilliantly irreverent film reviews after opening it (and then recycle the paper, of course). Obviously, there’ll be no ribbons or bows, either … unless I make them from mismatched bits of leftover yarn or used dental floss.