June 11th, 2012

{Giveaway} Leave No Trash Behind with VZWraps Reusable Gift Bags

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Every time I’m at a birthday party I can’t help but notice the mounds of discarded wrapping paper littering the ground after the presents have been opened. It takes me a while to wrap a present as I’m not very good at it, but I’m always amazed at how quickly that paper is ripped off and tossed to the side. What a waste.

The problem with wrapping paper

“Wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S,” according to Earth911.com.  Seeing it as a simple way to make a big impact, I’ve recently started to move away from traditional wrapping paper and now focus on using eco-friendly wrapping paper alternatives.

When I was contacted by VZWraps, the makers of fabric gift bags, to review some of their reusable gift bags I was very excited. They generously sent me a pack of 4 gift bags (pictured above).

Groovy Green Livin VZWrap logoAbout VZWraps

VZWraps fabric gift bags are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper, paper that often can’t be recycled because it is dyed or laminated, contains non-paper additives, or is too thin to have good-quality fibers. According to the Clean Air Council, an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated in the U.S. during the Christmas holiday season.

VZWraps was founded by Isabelle Vesey, a stay-at-home-mom from Haverford, PA. Isabelle always enjoyed wrapping presents, using beautiful papers and embellishments. However, as her environmental awareness grew, she made some changes, switching to recycled paper and reducing her use of plastic bows. But a big change happened a few Christmases ago, when she went into her basement to gather her wrapping supplies, and just couldn’t do it. She just could not bring herself to wrap her family’s presents in paper that was just going to get thrown away, even if it was made from recycled materials. So after a trip to the fabric store, she got out the sewing machine, and stitched up some gift bags. Not only did they look great under the tree, there was no bag full of trash after all the presents were opened.

Groovy Green Livin cupcake reusable bagWhat I love about VZWraps

VZWraps has not only created a product that’s eco-friendly, all of their business practices are accomplished with the environment in mind. The bag sizes are based on no-waste cutting, so that all the fabric is used leaving no scraps behind. The bags are made from 100% cotton with some GOTS-certified organic cotton bags available. Most of the ribbons are made in the USA, primarily from recycled materials. The eco-grosgrain ribbon is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and the eco-satin is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. The tissue paper the bags are wrapped in before shipping is made from recycled paper, and the envelope that my bags arrived in is compostable and made in the USA. They even use paper-clips to secure the ribbons on the smaller bags in hopes that they’ll be reused and not discarded.

Other comments

The gift bags are great for any and all presents, but I’m having a difficult time parting with them. I think I need to change my perspective and view giving a gift wrapped in a VZWrap bag as paying it forward. I’m just not sure I can say goodbye to my gorgeous bags and I know I can’t ask for them back!


VZWraps has graciously offered to giveaway a $30 VZWraps gift certificate plus free shipping to one lucky Groovy Green Livin reader. By entering your name and other information you acknowledge that you have read and are agreeing to our Official Rules.

In addition to offering a $30 gift certificate for the giveaway, VZWraps has generously offered to give Groovy Green Livin readers 10% off their order by using DISCOUNT CODE:  GROOVY10 through August 31, 2012.

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Disclosure: Thank you to VZWraps for a complimentary set of 4 reusable gift bags. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

5 Responses to “{Giveaway} Leave No Trash Behind with VZWraps Reusable Gift Bags”

  1. That is a great idea. Much prettier than the brown paper bags I sometimes use for wrapping presents!
    It would be kind of awkward, standing around waiting to have your gift opened and nonchalantly taking the bag back!

  2. Last year I wrapped Christmas presents in Christmas fabric, and I tried to do the furoshiki style (I think its called!) I certainly DID ask for all the fabric back LOL!

  3. i like the ladybugs!

  4. Love this reusable wrapping.

  5. What a great idea! I usually wrap the children’s christmas gifts in strong and fancy wrapping paper, but use ribbons instead of tape or glue. That way I can reuse all of it next season – they already learned not to tear it apart. I totally agree, that you shouldn’t use brand-new, chemically treated paper to wrap your gifts and that goes for christmas cards as well. Did you know, that an average household in America will mail out 28 christmas cards in the next few weeks? This is something we can change very easily by switching to digital eCards. I give them out for free (http://1-gasvergleich.de/go-green/), because I think, that trees have a more essential task, absorbing and storing CO2, than just sending our wishes. Their carbon footprint is near zero and they save a lot of time, too.

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