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This clever gift wrap is printed with origami instructions

It’s like a second gift that turns paper waste into beloved paper sculptures.

Everyone loves the anticipation of tearing open a meticulously wrapped gift, but this age-old practice leads to a lot of garbage. If every American home wrapped just three gifts a year in reusable materials, we’d save 45,000 football fields of paper waste.

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Sure, you could use old newspaper or reuse your fancy wrapping paper for wrapping another gift next year. Or you could reuse your fancy wrapping paper for something even more fun, like origami.

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Origami Wrap is wrapping paper that can be reused for crafting. After unwrapping a gift (carefully!), the recipient is left with a piece of paper complete with instructions and dotted lines to be trimmed and folded into an origami crane, dog, frog, fish, balloon, or iris. It’s particularly clever because the paper has no special technology that makes its second life as origami possible, other than a bit of carefully placed ink.

The wrap costs all of $10 for a pack of five 20-by-30-inch sheets. That means they aren’t quite big enough to handle a Barbie McMansion, but they’ll do perfectly well for books, candles, and other small giftables–and re-giftables.

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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