Super Simple Eco-Swaps this Christmas: Wrapping Paper
Let’s talk about wrapping paper.
All that Christmas wrapping paper seriously adds up. In the UK alone, we throw away enough wrapping paper to circle the Earth nine times (at least) every Christmas! Unfortunately, a lot of wrapping cannot be recycled (especially the shiny, metallic ones), resulting in 227,000 miles of waste.
Can it be recycled?
The easiest way to tell if wrapping paper can be recycled is to scrunch it up. If the paper unravels it cannot be recycled. If it stays scrunched up, it can, but you’ll need to make sure that you remove any leftover plastics (such as sellotape, stickers and bows).
Say hello to new ideas
This year, we challenge you to jazz up your gifts with 100% eco-friendly ideas. For starters, there is 100% recycled, unbleached paper on the market which has been printed with vegetable inks. This means less energy and chemicals used to make your wrapping paperwhite or patterned. Just Google 100% recycled paper and you’ll be presented with lots of lovely festive designs. Happy choosing! We’ve also noticed big supermarkets including Marks & Spencers, Morrisons and The Works selling them as rolls of brown paper.
Make your own
Your new exciting project. Personalising your wrapping paper. Purchase yourself a large roll of brown postal paper and decorate it with stamps and ribbons. If you pick up an alphabet stamp set, you could add everyone’s names to their gifts too. Your stamps can be re-used every year on Christmas cards, tags and envelops - so much better value for money. Swap plastic ribbon for natural materials like hessian, twine, cinnamon sticks, flowers and dried orange slices.
You can also recycle old newspapers and colourful magazines. As for baked goods or small gifts, you can also decorate old jars, tins, baskets and boxes.
Wrap it with a wrap!
Say hello to furoshiki - a traditional Japanese cloth-folding technique that allows you to wrap up your gifts with a single piece of cloth! Dating back to the 14th century, (when people used to wrap clothes into a secure bundle while visiting public baths), the Japanese government re-launched the idea several years ago as a campaign to reduce furoshiki’s dependency on plastic bags.
There are tons of different Christmas fabrics on the market, and you’ll have a giggle watching YouTube videos and learning all of the various ways you can wrap up different shapes and sizes!
Perhaps you have an old table runner of Christmas-themed duvet set that is no longer in use? Why not recycle this and cut into squares for wrapping up gifts. Below are some beautifully simple examples to inspire you!
What to wrap up?
Are you looking for eco-gifts this Christmas? We’ve got lots of cruelty-free goodies that all promise that ‘feel-good’ factor without any compromise. All of our products are handmade in small batches in Lincolnshire and contain no parabens or palm oil. We’ve got soothing self-care gift sets, packaging-free zesty shampoo bars, plastic-free hair wax and luxurious body butter and salt scrubs. Or, maybe you want to pick up a bamboo comb or soap dish?
Giving shelter and comfort this Christmas
We’re also donating 25% of profits to the charity Crisis (for all purchases made 15th Nov - 15th Dec), to help support people out of homelessness this Christmas. So when you shop our zero-waste cosmetics you’re also supporting those in most need.