Did you know that many wrapping papers are not recyclable?
And it’s estimated that in the UK we use 227,000 miles of wrapping paper every Christmas!
Reasons that not all of that paper can be recycled include:
- they’re covered in glitter,
- it’s been laminated in a thin layer of plastic or it has shiny metallic elements in it.
- It also can’t be recycled if it still has sellotape on it.
So what can you do?
Thankfully it’s getting much easier now to find more eco friendly options
- Furoshiki is the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in cloth/fabric which can either be re-used for the same purpose again or becomes part of the gift.
The knot-tying can be a little fiddly if you’re all thumbs like me, but its great once you’ve done a couple.
This can be prettied up with ribbons, raffia or string all of which can be reused indefinitely, greenery, or even dried fruits.
We actually love making each gift as unique on the outside as the person we’re gifting to.
Please don’t be tempted to draw or pain on the paper though as this will mean it cannot be recycled!
3. You can buy recycled and recyclable paper from companies like Rewrapped UK or Planet Wrap It who have done all the design work for you!
4. Use old newspapers or magazine to wrap. These can look surprisingly good and also make every present unique
5. Whatever recyclable wrapping you opt for make sure to use paper tape instead of sellotape. This can be recycled which means you don’t have to spend hours picking it off or throw all your paper in the bin.
You can find our favourite paper tape HERE
We’d love to know how you’re wrapping your presents this year – tried and tested or trying something new?