GIFT WRAPPING - HOW TO MAKE IT ECO-FRIENDLY?
Did you know?
Consumers in the UK use 227,000 miles of Gift Wrap - most of this cannot be recycled and goes directly to the landfill. DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) estimates that at least 50,000 trees are cut down each year in the UK to produce wrapping paper and gift bags!
It is estimated that 40 Million Rolls of sticky tape are used.
Shocking right?! Is there any alternative? Plenty! here are some tips.
Firstly, avoid shiny lacquered paper and glitter ribbons which are made of plastic, as well as durable gift bags covered with a layer of non-recyclable laminate. Wrapping paper is not recyclable if it contains glitter, foil, artificial texture, sticky gift labels, or plastic.
Kraft paper wrapping decorated with paper flowers or pine tree branches looks very stylish.
Gifts wrapped in old newspaper or magazine pages look great. The hardest part is finding a newspaper with nice columns of text and no ads. If you have outdated study guides or unwanted music notes book at home, you can use them for packaging too.
You can use cloth instead of paper. In Japan, there is a whole culture of wrapping a gift in a scarf - furoshiki.
Great alternative options could be baskets, metal boxes for cookies, beautiful jars with lids . They will look pretty under the Xmas tree and can be reused in the future.
And finally - remember the most environmentally friendly option for gift wrapping is its absence! Without packaging, you can give a cozy scarf, indoor plant, a book, and a jar with bath salts.
Responsible choice of a gift, but giving it unpacked - such an act can be a good way to unobtrusively tell loved ones about your values and the desire to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle.
This festive season we offer a range of sustainable gift wrapping which you can shop here.