Gift Boxes


Empty Completely

Before you recycle a gift box, make sure it’s free of tissue paper by emptying out anything inside.

Gift Bow

Remove Ribbons, Bows and Glitter

Ribbons, bows, glitter and other decorations that sometimes adorn gift boxes are not recyclable. Remove decorations and cut out glitter-covered pieces before recycling any gift box.

Flattened Cardboard Boxes

Flatten Boxes

Flatten gift boxes before recycling them in order to save space and to make them easier to sort.

Ways to Reduce

Shoe Box

Turn Shoeboxes Into Gift Boxes

Save on expenses by keeping shoeboxes on hand and turn them into gift boxes. Find out how to turn a shoebox into a gift box.

Ways to Reuse

Use More Than Once

Instead of throwing gift boxes out after one use, save and reuse them until they become worn out.

Use for Storage

Like shoeboxes, gift boxes can be useful for storage and organization.

Did You Know?

Gift Wrapping Waste

How much gift wrapping waste do Americans generate on a yearly basis? About two pounds per person, or 40 million pounds in total, which includes paper products used to wrap, package and decorate gifts. A whopping 38 million miles of ribbon is discarded per year, which is enough to wrap around the Earth.