About Wisely Wrapped

In 2008, after a Christmas gift unwrapping frenzy by my children and family, I looked down at all the beautiful wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, empty boxes and decorations now considered trash.

I sat on the stairs that overlooked our living room and pondered the huge heap and thought… where does all this go? I thought about my family of four, and then multiplied the amount of Holiday trash and birthday gifts, wedding gifts, Mother’s and Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and all the other special days that are celebrated in each home in our neighborhood, each home in our city, our state, our country and then the world. There are literally trillions of pieces of trash; glittery, pretty, colorful trash, that had delighted and mesmerized everyone for one moment on one day.

Where does all this trash go? Blue recycling bins? NO! Most wrapping paper, especially the lovely foil and glittery paper cannot be recycled. All of it is dumped into landfills. I began my journey to find answers by gathering statistics. What I discovered was overwhelming.