This year, instead of buying wrapping paper for holiday gifts -- which uses trees and creates a lot of unnecessary waste -- try some alternatives.
Buy some inexpensive holiday-patterned material and stitch up gift sacks, leaving holes in the hem of the bag's open end for colorful drawstrings. This can also make a great fund-raising project for scouts or church groups.
Those who don't want to stitch up their own bags can check natural foods stores, eco-catalogs and shops that sell ecological gifts or mail order Eco-Gift Bags from a Boulder, Colo.,company by calling 1-800-947-9472. The bags come in three sizes and cost $7-$11.