Christmas Wrapping With A Conscience
It’s estimated that each year, us Britons throw away enough wrapping paper to circle the globe 9 times! That enormous figure led us to produce a list of our top 5 sustainable ways to help you get creative with your Christmas wrapping this year.
1) Go For Gift Bags
Gift bags are a great alternative to wrapping paper and can easily be re-used and re-purposed time and time again. You could also try giving plain paper shopping bags a Christmas makeover by decorating them with stamps, pens and glitter. Top Tip: Get the kids involved in decorating those paper bags – they’ll love it!
2) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Got a friend who loves fashion, a nephew who likes comics or a spouse who enjoys sports? Why not try adding a little personal flair to your gifts this year and re-use an old magazine, comic book or newspaper to wrap up your presents. It’s a great way to save some money as well as use up old paper you would have otherwise thrown away.
Forget wrapping paper altogether with a good old classic stocking. There is nothing more exciting than a filled stocking at the end of the bed or under the Christmas tree. This fun alternative idea will guarantee less mess, less fuss, but still the same Christmassy fun!
4) Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String
Ditch the cello tape this year and opt for festive string to tie up those loose paper ends. Not only will this give your presents a classic look but it will also allow you to re-use your paper without it getting torn and ruined. Top Tip: Using your string, tie a small branch from your Christmas tree or cinnamon stick to make it extra Christmassy!
5) Use FSC Approved Wrapping Paper
And for those of you who can’t resist tearing open a gift on Christmas morning, why not try FSC approved wrapping paper, a responsibly sourced and tree-friendly alternative. Just look for the FSC logo for a guarantee that the wood or paper it contains is not from illegal logging or damaging forestry practices.