REDUCE YOUR PLASTIC IMPACT WITH THESE ECO-FRIENDLY GIFT WRAP IDEAS

Did you know that the majority of gift wrapping paper can not be recycled because it is coated in plastic?  A 2017 survey from CARE Australia found Australians use 150,000 kilometres of wrapping paper over the festive season – enough to wrap the world in paper almost four times.

Wrapping paper made from 100% paper can be recycled in your paper recycling bin.  Where possible, try to remove all loose strands of sticky tape from cardboard boxes and wrapping paper before you recycle them. Plastic cellophane, metallic wrapping or paper with glitter or foil detail can’t be recycled either and will end up in landfill.
BUT you can be part of the solution with these ocean-friendly gift wrapping alternatives that are creative, less wasteful, thoughtful and look great!

Wrap your gifts with:

  • Recycled brown paper.  For online gifts Seed and Sprout are offering compostable gift wrapping with all proceeds going to WIRES to support animals injured in the recent bushfires.
  • Recycled paper bags.
  • Reuse packaging- Who gives a crap making their LIMITED CHRISTMAS EDITION wrappers as beautiful as possible so customers can reuse them!
  • Old newspapers and magazines as gift wrap.
  • Basket-A gift basket is a simple way to give multiple gifts!
  • Toilet Paper rolls or paper cups painted and folded make great gift boxes for smaller items.
  • Scarves/tea towels- Furoshiki Wrap is a sustainable alternative to traditional wrapping paper.
  • Sustainable fabrics- Upcycle and repurpose your cotton, linen, hemp, hessian and sustainable fabrics! Fabric is the ideal alternative to wrapping paper. Not only is it reuseable, but it also comes in lots of colors and patterns.
  • Beewax wraps – two presents in one! Secure with some ribbon or natural twine and leave a note for the receiver to re-purpose the wrap in the kitchen as a food cover.
  • Reusable bags/cotton tote bags-also two gifts in one!

Try these simple alternatives to keep your wrapping in place:

  • Brown Kraft Tapepaper based and has a silicone free backing and is 100% recyclable 
  • Cellulose tape – MOST Cellulose tape is made from wood pulp, always check it is not made with polypropolene
  • Cotton string or gardening twine

Wishing you all a very merry (and ocean friendly) Christmas!