Gift Boxes Put in Garbage Ways to Reduce Turn Shoe Boxes into Gift Boxes Save on expenses by keeping shoe boxes on hand and turn them into gift boxes. Find out how to turn a shoe box into a gift box. Ways to Reuse Use More Than Once Instead of throwing gift boxes out after one use, save and reuse them until they become worn out. Did You Know? Top 7 Ways to Be More Sustainable During the Holidays Gift Wrapping Waste How much gift wrapping waste do Americans generate on a yearly basis? About two pounds per person, or 40 million pounds in total, which includes paper products used to wrap, package and decorate gifts. 38 million miles of ribbon are discarded per year, which is enough to wrap around the Earth.