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!
Try these simple alternatives to keep your wrapping in place:
Wishing you all a very merry (and ocean friendly) Christmas!