How to cut down on wrapping paper waste this Christmas
If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping just yet, you’ll probably need to start thinking about it soon. If you’re super organised and have everything bought, your next thoughts will be on how to wrap it all. This is the focus of our blog post this week, as wrapping paper waste at Christmas is a huge concern. In fact, it’s estimated that at Christmas each year, enough wrapping paper is thrown away to stretch 9 times around the globe! If this statistic worries you like it does us, here are a few simple ways to cut down on wrapping paper waste this Christmas, without losing out on the fun of tearing open presents on Christmas morning.
Alternative means of wrapping
This is the most obvious solution to wrapping paper waste, and it also allows you to get creative and think about new ways to prevent those sneaky peeks before December 25th. Some of our favourite ideas include:
- Colourful cloth or linen tied up with string. These reusable materials can be brought out each year, which automatically reduces the amount of paper used at Christmas. Cloth gift bags can also be personalised, making them an extra special way to give your loved ones gifts this time of year.
- Brown packaging paper – you can make this look more festive with some colourful ribbon and a handmade gift tag.
- Newspaper also makes a great alternative to expensive wrapping paper, in particular the comic sections which adds a bit of fun to the proceedings too.
Reuse paper from other presents
Gift bags are the easiest way to reuse packaging, and with some colourful scrunched up tissue paper over the top it still retains the mystery, allowing the recipient to guess what the contents might be without requiring additional paper resources.
Presents in a jar
Christmas for many of us means gifts of food, and there’s very little to beat home-made treats. Mason jars are a great way to gift food items in a reusable container, and here are some fantastic ideas to inspire you this season, from cookie ingredients in a jar, to fudgy brownies. It doesn’t even have to be food in a jar – how about this great idea for a little pampering spa treatment in a jar?
Wrapping paper with a high recycled content is available, you just need to check the label on the packaging before you purchase it to make a more environmentally responsible choice. If you’re worried about it looking a bit lacklustre under the tree, why not make your own colourful gift tags out of material around the house like old comic books or recycled Christmas cards from the year before if you kept them?