Every year at Christmas time miles and miles of wrapping paper is bought, used and then thrown away. So much wrapping paper is bought in the UK that in 2013 it was reported it would be long enough to stretch to the moon. 6 years later, I haven’t seen any reports that people are using less wrapping paper – have you? I think it is time to use wrapping paper alternatives that are less damaging to the environment!
Why do we need alternatives to single use wrapping paper?
The pleasure of a wrapped gift is brief and recycling doesn’t solve the problem
A lot of wrapping paper can’t be recycled because it is plastic lined or has glitter stuck on it, which is also made from plastic. Even if you could recycle more wrapping paper, the production of all that wrapping paper causes unnecessary damage to the environment. It uses up precious resources that could be better used for something else!
I don’t think that chopping down a tree for the momentary excitement of people being able to unwrap gifts is worth it.
Wrapping paper is an extra expense
You can pick up cheap wrapping paper, especially if you buy it in the January sales. However it is still an extra cost at what is to many an already expensive time of year. If you have a lot of gifts to wrap up, the costs can add up!
What can we do instead?
Why do we do it then? Habit, culture, expectation, because it looks pretty? Whatever the reason it is undeniable there is something fun about wrapping paper and the element of surprise when you open a gift.
There are lots of ways to have fun and present a gift without trashing the environment though and I’m asking people to join in with my challenge to #CutTheWrap this winter by ditching single use wrapping paper in favour of more sustainable alternatives.
To help with this, I will be sharing a series of blog posts detailing wrapping paper alternatives on the blog for 5 days staring on November 25th. Look out for these blog posts:
- 25th November: Furoshiki fabric wrapping ideas
- 26th November: How to swap wrapping gifts for hiding them!
- 27th November: Alternatives to wrapping Secret Santa gifts
- 28th November: How to reuse your recycling to wrap gifts
- 29th November: How to wrap your gifts in old unwanted clothes!
Using sustainable wrapping paper is only part of the challenge, we also need to give sustainable gifts. If you want to find sustainable gifts in your local area, it might be worth visiting your local zero waste shop ! My book would also make a great gift for anyone looking to cut their spending in eco-friendly ways!
Join in with the #CutTheWrap challenge
Join in with the campaign by signing up below and pledging to avoid single use wrapping paper this festive season.
Also please share the campaign and your alternative gift wrapping pictures on social media using #CutTheWrap between now and the end of December. Tag me on @ecothrifty (Instagram and Twitter) in your posts too and let me know what you are up to!
I’m so excited about you guys joining in and I’m really looking forward to seeing what you do! Throughout the campaign I will be sending email updates with my latest news and blog posts about it, so if you want to receive those, please make sure you opt in to receive the blog newsletter (for the latest news, updates and offers from us and our partners) as well as pledging to join the campaign! Thank you everyone for your support!
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