by Katherine H. '24
Did you know that every year Americans throw away four million tons of wrapping paper around the holidays (wrapping paper is not recyclable, because it usually has a plastic finish)? This is quite an alarming statistic! Lakeside Middle School’s Students Taking Action club (STA) has set out to provide students with an opportunity to give greener gifts this holiday season.
STA will host the Eco-Wrapping Bonanza on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Thursday, Dec. 19 in the Makerspace. We will have recycled materials for students to make and decorate wrapping materials to take home. Students also can bring any gifts that need wrapping and we would be happy to help them find the best way to wrap their gift. We will be providing winter treats for those who choose to participate.
We hope that parents and guardians and students are as excited as we are! Things that work well for eco-wrapping are old or outdated maps or atlases; newspapers, the funnies especially; colorful magazines; scrap cloth; wrinkled ribbons or overly crinkled tissue paper; paper grocery bags; shipping boxes; even paper towel rolls can be fashioned into snowflake patterns!
Gift-giving is a great way to show someone we appreciate them, and while we’re at it, let’s show our planet a little love too!