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Don’t throw away shipping supplies: the family carton

Every time I get a parcel I keep the carton. Every time I get a letter I keep the envelope.

I think that’s one of the easiest ways to do something for nature: Just reuse old shipping supplies. They are quite expensive to buy new, so it’s a relief for your wallet as well. In my family there is even a special carton that we use for years now – it’s a real stable and pretty one with a nice flower pattern and a good size for most things.

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I reused my old magazines

As paper is such a valuable ressource, don’t waste it. If you have old magazines that you don’t want to read any more give them a second chance.

On a flea market I once bought a pile of old dinosaur magazines for children because I loved them when I was young. I read through them and then decided not to throw them away, but to turn them into something useful and aesthetic. So for the next few years I won’t need to buy any present wrapping paper or enevlopes – and I enjoyed a nice afternoon selecting and cutting the most beautiful pictures as well. And everybody loves dinosaurs, don’t they?

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Don’t throw away your children’s old crafting supplies

In this picture you can see what members of my familiy created with old crafting supplies from our childhood days.

No. 1 is a beautiful mini lantern that is made out of an old glass and some mosaic stones.

No. 2 is a dried shamrock with incredible five leaves that we put into an old wooden frame.

None of the things you see was bought, we only used what was still in the old crafting drawer – even the glue was still there.

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Beyond cut flowers: pot plant & upcycling plant pot

Yes, it’s nice to surprise your darling with a flower bouquet. But think twice: These flowers often come from far away and they will die within one week. So why not invest in a much more persistent present? Pot plants come in so many shades and sizes you will surely find the one that fits the presentee: cheeky, classy or romantic, it’s up to you.

Depending on the kind of pot plant you have you can even grow saplings from the mother plant and give them away as very personal presents that will fill the house of your friends with green life. On the picture you can also see an old screw top jar that a family member upcycled with napkin art. It’s one of the best presents I ever received and I regularly keep him current about the growth of my little plant.

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Wrap gifts creatively – use eco friendly paper!

Glossy wrapping paper isn’t recyclable, so try using brown paper or old newspapers to wrap gifts and tie securely with some twine. Otherwise, cloth wrapped gifts – Furoshiki style – are a great option!

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