In the UK we throw away enough wrapping paper to circle the globe a staggering nine times (at least) every Christmas. Here’s more eco-friendly Christmas gift wrap options to consider…
A first step would be to avoid shiny metallic wrapping paper and gift wrap with glitter, as it can’t be recycled. The same goes for Christmas cards. The simple ‘scrunch test’ determines whether paper can be recycled; if it holds its shape when scrunched then it is recyclable. If paper springs back, it is not.
Wrapping paper made on one hundred per cent recycled unbleached paper with vegetable inks starts from £1.75 per sheet on re-wrapped.co.uk and handmade paper with strong eco credentials starts from around £3 a sheet on happywrap.co.uk, which also sells re-useable fabric bags.
Search for #Furoshiki on Instagram and discover the beauty of the ancient Japanese tradition of wrapping gifts in fabric – anything from scarves to pillowcases.
Douglas McMaster, head chef of Brighton’s acclaimed zero-waste restaurant, Silo, says: “Not buying new wrapping paper forces creativity and that’s a wonderful thing.”
Both he and eco-chef Tom Hunt are collecting images from newspapers, and using butchers twine rather than sellotape. Add a sprig of green for a festive touch. But choose your images and text carefully… Eco Boost‘s Kate Arnell’s mum once wrapped her gift in a headline that said: “I’d rather have £250 than spend Christmas with the family”.
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