Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap

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I hope you checked out yesterday’s green-living tip on using brown paper bags from your local natural or organic food store as gift wrap.


If, however, you need to gussy up a package for your snooty mother-in-law or boss, pick up some eco-friendly wrapping paper—preferably a brand certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

I love the 100% recycled paper options from Whimsy Press, with designs that feature mod flowers and nature-inspired butterflies. The ink used in the company’s Mixed Greens collection is soy-based. Click here to find a retailer near you.

Check out Eartheasy’s line of wrapping paper made from hemp, featuring poinsettias, snowflakes, holly and doves. And the numerous choices from Peaceful Valley are also earth-friendly.

If you’re shipping holiday gifts, keep track of important deadlines:

U.S. Postal Service

The USPS recommends the following mail-by dates to ensure your gift arrives on time:
Dec. 4: Military mail destined for Iraq or Afghanistan
Dec. 11: Military mail for other overseas bases
Dec. 16: Parcel Post, the most economical shipping service
Dec. 20: First-Class Mail
Dec. 20: Priority Mail
Dec. 23: Express Mail


UPS suggests the following deadlines:

Dec. 19: UPS 3-Day Select
Dec. 22: UPS 2nd Day Air
Dec. 23: UPS Next Day Air

“The longer you procrastinate, the longer the lines become,” says UPS Store franchisee Les Beare, who has 20 holiday shipping seasons under his Santa belt. Planning ahead gives you more shipping options and could save you money.

The busiest shipping week is expected to be Dec. 15 to 19. Most UPS Ground packages require 5 days or less to reach their destination. If you’re shipping coast to coast, it may take longer.

If shipping internationally or to military personnel overseas, contact The UPS Store location nearest you to determine the best date for on-time delivery.

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