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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle that Wrap!

photo of wrapped gifts

Did you know that Americans throw away 25% more trash during December than any other time of year? According to Stanford University, the extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week! And not surprisingly, about half of the 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper produced in the US each year ends up in landfills. Most of it is not recyclable either. But we love opening those wrapped gifts. What can be done to reduce the waste and still enjoy the magic of unwrapping a surprise? Thankfully, there are other options besides store-bought non-recyclable wrapping paper. You can use gift bags over and over each year. You can wrap your gifts with the Sunday comics, paper grocery bags and a sprig of evergreen, or old magazine pages. OR you can re-use endlessly reusable fabric! 

You may have noticed that some of your gifts purchased from the Fawn Shop were wrapped in fabric. Much of this fabric was donated by the community or purchased at SCRAP RVA ( We made a conscious effort this year to reduce, reuse, and recycle when wrapping Fawn Shop purchases. If you would like to again recycle this fabric or the gift bags, please bring them back to the school or use them to wrap your own gifts (or use for your next craft project!). 

The Fawn Shop itself is a wonderful opportunity to reuse and recycle. If you've received duplicate ties, earrings, or too many bath bombs, re-gifting them though the Fawn Shop is a wonderful way to recycle and keep holiday waste to a minimum! We invite you to bring these items in throughout the school year. Thank you for all of your incredible support!