Earth Balance isn’t just the name of vegan buttery sticks (that happen to be very good); it’s also the name of a company that makes tree-free paper gift wrap. Their gift wrap and bags are made of stone – yes, rocks – that have been ground into a fine mineral powder and combined with non-toxic resin in order to create a “paper” that doesn’t require chopping down forests. So instead of shrouding that $500 wedding present in newspaper to prove your eco-friendly worth, you can put it in something elegant enough to match the gift, without sacrificing old-growth forests in the process.
Earth Balance says its paper is not only tree-free; it’s also chlorine-free, made using and energy efficient process that uses zero water and creates no hazardous waste. Plus, the paper is recyclable. They make gift bags, wine bags, and gift wrap in several colors and patterns (don’t worry, their prints say “beautiful present for you” more than they say “my eco-friendly contribution to the world”).
To find out where to buy, check out Earth Balance’s store locator.