Don't Recycle If Glossy
Gift bags often appear glossy if they are made from a paper-plastic mix. This type of material can’t be recycled because the paper and plastic can’t be separated.
No Ribbons, Bows, Glitter
Generally, gift bags can’t be recycled if they have ribbons, bows or glitter. If your gift bag is 100 percent paper, it is OK to recycle, but remove all of the adornments first.
Ways to Reduce
Opt for Durable Wrapping Material
Invest in reusable cloth gift bags (you can make your own or find some on Etsy), or try using festive fabric scraps to wrap gifts.
Ways to Reuse
Regift the Bag
As long as the gift bag is in good condition, reuse it when giving someone a gift.
Repurpose Gift Bags
Gift bags make handy storage containers for items around the house, for car errands, or for lending and returning items to friends and family.