Dear Gifters,

It was Christmas morning, my favourite day of the year! The tree was sparkling, the kids were laughing, and I had a hot latte between my palms. In this moment, life was perfect. But as I sipped my creamy coffee and looked around the room, I noticed an explosion of shiny wrapping paper, glittery ribbons, and glossy cards...all destined for the dump! The worst part is that we had created this waste, when we could have found better ways to wrap our gifts.

In that moment, I made a vow to switch to reusable or recyclable gift wrap! I always strive to reduce waste in my own life by reusing what I can, avoiding single-use plastics, wearing previously-loved clothes, and sourcing second-hand furniture and clothing whenever possible. But I had overlooked the waste we create when we wrap gifts! I hauled out the sewing machine that had been collecting dust in the garage (see Mom? Told you I’d eventually use it!), Googled “how to sew” and got to work. Within the week, I had sewn a few wonky-shaped boxes using a pattern that I had designed on a cereal box. I made so many samples those first few weeks, I had to rely on my neighbours to save their cardboard for me!

No one is perfect, but we can all do better. This is my goal with NemyLu! We won’t save the planet with reusable gift wrap, but it’s a step toward a more sustainable world. Life has so many beautiful occasions, and we deserve to celebrate! I believe we can create beautifully wrapped gifts and reduce our waste in the process.

I hope I’ve inspired you to change the way you wrap gifts for friends and family, not just at Christmas but for all of life’s celebrations. From birthdays, to baby showers, to weddings. We can all be better Gifters!

Thank you for supporting our small business, and thank you for choosing reusable gift wrap.

Sincerely,

Lindsay

NEMY-LU

Nemylu is a combination of my daughters’ names: Nemaya and Talulah. They were the inspiration behind this business! They made me realize just how much waste we can create when wrapping gifts.