25 January 2014
RE-WRAP IT this February and WIN
If your social life resembles mine, chances are your weekends are spent cruising your local toddler and pre-schooler's party scene. You're also probably getting pretty nifty at wrapping gifts and writing verses on birthday cards.
Giving presents and cards is such an embedded practice in our culture that most people don't think twice before buying a greeting card for a special occasion. Fewer still have thought about the waste that this practice creates, let alone the resources used to make gift wrap and cards!
Every day, the major Australian greeting card manufacturers produce around 100,000 greeting cards, most which are not printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Add wrapping paper into the mix and you get a fair idea of the amount of waste Australians produce daily just through the simple act of wrapping a present and writing a greeting to a friend.
This month we're empowering you to do something about it!
For the month of February, Sustainababy is eco challenging you to RE-WRAP IT for your chance to WIN an Earth Greetings Gift Voucher valued at $100!
RE-WRAP IT simply means for you to use recycled materials when wrapping a gift or sending a greeting card. How you RE-WRAP IT is entirely up to you but may include:
- using your child's paintings as gift wrap
- reusing gift wrap from presents you have received
- choosing 100% post-consumer recycled gift wrap or greeting cards
- making your own cards from recycled materials
- gifting experiences that don't need wrapping!
In an ideal world, we would all have time to sit down and make greeting cards for our friends and family. After all, it’s so much more personal to receive a hand-made card with all the time and thought that goes into it. Of course it's also much more environmentally friendly to make something from upcycled materials. But many of us are just far too busy to find the time to sit down and craft for hours and to be honest, some of us just don't like craft.
Earth Greetings founder Heide started her business to provide a convenient and earth-friendly alternative to the usual store-bought cards and wrapping paper. All of Earth Greetings products are made from 100% post-consumer waste, which means the paper and cardboard is recycled using paper that has been used at least once already. The printing is done with non-toxic vegetable based ink and all of Earth Greetings products are Certified Carbon Neutral which means that 100% of the greenhouse gases associated with making them have been offset.
So, even if you're hopeless at craft or simply are too busy to make your own wrap and cards, there is an eco-friendly option for you!
Keen to do the Eco Challenge? This is what you’ll need to do:
- Request to join our closed Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge Facebook Group here. In this group you'll meet heaps of other like-minded eco mums doing the eco challenges who can help you along the way.
- For the month of February make an effort to send greeting cards and wrap gifts from upcycled materials only.
- If you'd like to be in the running for the prize, email a short summary of your journey (500 words maximum) and supporting photographs with subject line “February Eco Challenge” to email@example.com before midday AEDST Monday 10th March 2014. Please ensure your summary is grammatically correct as the winning summary will be published word for word on the Sustainababy Blog.
The winner will be contacted by email and their summary will be published on our blog no later than 5pm AEDST Wednesday 12th March 2014.
So what are you waiting for? Get creative and RE-WRAP IT!