Christmas gifts: wrapping responsibly while minimizing waste.
Have you bought your gifts or, better yet, have you made them yourself?
Either way, now is the time to wrap them up! Rolls of non-recyclable wrapping paper invade stores before the holidays, but you can avoid this purchase and find more sustainable alternatives. We've put together some practical tips to give you inspiration.
Choose an eco-friendly wrapping paper:
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All theses glittery and metallic papers contain plastics, so much of that glossy stuff isn’t recyclable. Choose a beautiful kraft type paper, look at the labels: make sure it is recycled and recyclable paper.
Personalise your packaging and let your creativity shine by drawing on them or leaving little sweet words, and consider using compostable paper tape or washi tape (some of these are made with wood fibers and natural adhesives). You can also go tape free by learning the art of tape-free gift wrapping - there are plenty of video tutorials online.
Up-cycle your newspapers and magazines - the ones with the most beautiful illustrations can be used to wrap your gifts. You can also save scraps of wallpaper or beautiful paper towels to wrap your gifts. Or why not use your outdated road maps? It feels great to give something un-used, a second life!
This year we had to do a lot of online shopping, which means that you can reuse one of you delivery parcels instead of buying new boxes - just don't forget to recycle or compost all of that cardboard after Christmas morning.
A glass jar is also a good zero waste alternative. However, remember to conceal the contents, or if you are offering small items, add coarse salt, sand or semolina to hide your small gift.
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There are so many possibilities for gift-wrapping with fabric. Collect old clothes and cut out squares of fabric the size of your gifts. You can also find fabric coupons in thrift stores, or even old scarves.
Among the Japanese, wrapping is considered an art, by the name of Furoshiki. This involves wrapping objects in a square of fabric using different knotting techniques. You don't need any string or tape to hold the set together, you just have to give it a hand. Have a look!
How to Furoshiki:
What about bows?
Rather than choosing a shiny plastic one, complement your gift with some
flannels or shirt you no longer uses, cut strips as thin or as thin as you'd like, then tie them around your boxes to add some texture to your presents! Or go all natural! Use natural materials like: rosemary branches, cinnamon sticks, pine cones, dry leaves, or dry oranges slices, whatever else you can sustainably source in your area that will bring a lovely rustic look and personal touch.
If finding dried flowers locally is proving tough or you want them delivered directly to your door, we found some beautiful options made especially for gifting over on Astris & Green. But hurry - last orders are this week.
We hope you've enjoyed our guide and have found some inspiration - every little step or change counts when it comes to being more sustainable and eco-friendly.
Happy wrapping, beautiful people!