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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Go Green With Fabric Gift Bags

Did you realize that many types of wrapping paper are not recyclable? Although beautiful paper and ribbons make gifts look fabulous, the waste created by these products is just not kind to the environment. So what is a stylish gift giver to do?

Photo credit: VZWraps.com.

Photo credit: VZWraps.com.

VZWraps fabric gift bags strive to reduce trash by providing a reusable alternative with easy-to-use, beautiful fabric gift bags. The bags are made in the U.S.A. from organic and traditional cotton with attached ribbons made from recycled materials. The Eco-grosgrain ribbon is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and the Eco-satin is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. Drop your gift in, tie the bag closed, and your wrapping is done! Reuse the bags for years — the attached ribbons won’t get lost.

Why consider using a fabric gift bag instead of traditional wrapping paper?

According to the Clean Air Council, an additional five million tons of waste is generated in the U.S. during the holiday season, and a substantial portion of that is wrapping paper and shopping bags. Wrapping paper generally cannot be recycled because it is dyed or laminated, contains non-paper additives, or is too thin to have good-quality fibers.

Wrapping gifts the traditional way is time consuming and often difficult for odd-shaped packages. Did you ever try to wrap a stuffed animal, a tennis racket, or a toy piano? Plus, all those toys in clam-shell packaging are just asking for a wrapping paper disaster.

Reusable paper gift bags have been a common trend in recent years for simple gift-wrapping, but they are flimsy and prone to falling apart after one or two uses. Plus they are generally made with non-sustainable and non-recyclable materials. A VZWraps fabric gift bag is a sustainable choice that will last forever.

VZWraps are the creation of Isabelle Vesey. A mother of two from Haverford, PA., Isabelle always enjoyed wrapping presents with beautiful papers and embellishments. However, as her environmental awareness grew she switched to recycled paper and reduced her use of plastic bows.  One recent holiday season, when she went to gather her wrapping supplies, she just couldn’t bring herself to wrap her presents in paper that was just going to get thrown away.  After a trip to the fabric store, she got out her sewing machine and stitched up some beautiful gift bags. Not only did they look great under the tree, there was no bag full of trash after the presents were opened.  The bags turned out to be a welcome time-saver during the busiest season of the year.

Bags come in a wide variety of styles and patterns. Yyou can shop by occasion for weddings, showers, birthdays, and holidays. Prices range from $3.25 for a mini bag to $14 for a large gift bag.

Bags may be purchased at VZWraps.com.

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