Every holiday season, households in the U.S. throw away 25 percent more trash than any other time of the year. If each family in the U.S. wrapped just three of their holiday gifts in reusable materials this year, it’d save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

So, for wrapping Christmas presents this year, consider using newspaper, plain brown paper, or old maps as wrapping paper and simple twine or cotton yarn as ribbon to tie the packaging closed instead of using tape.

The newspaper and brown paper are both recyclable and biodegradable (unlike regular wrapping paper) and the twine and yarn can be reused (and are also biodegradable).

You could also avoid using gift wrap entirely by using reusable tins, boxes or baskets, and by reusing gift wrap and bags from year to year.