Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year and yet it is the most wasteful time as well!
Every year we end up with high proportions of waste, which instead of being recycled is being thrown in the bin.
Waste collection company, Biffa, estimates that during Christmas in the UK people create 30 per cent more rubbish than usual, using more than 300,000 tonnes of card and sending more than 100 million bags of garbage to landfill.
When it comes to wrapping paper, researchers from OnePoll.com, revealed many people aren’t recycling at all: one in five admitted to throwing it straight into the bin.
Can you imagine that UK households will be discarding more than 277,000 miles of Christmas wrapping paper this year? That’s enough to stretch to the moon!
Well, if all this data has made you feel a bit uncomfortable, then you will find below some great ideas on how to reduce your wrapping paper waste and enter a New Year guilt-free.
First of all, make sure to wrap presents with recyclable papers.
If you are unsure if the paper you have can be recycled just do a quick “scrunch-test”: if you scrunch it and it stays in form of a ball, that’s great, you are on the green side of the Force. If not, then time to rethink your wrapping paper…
Also check this scrunch-test video, coming straight from the North Pole!
Secondly, start reusing old Christmas cards as gift tags or use brochures or magazines, etc. to do your own cards, tags and decorations. We can assure you that preparing all gift packages yourself will help make your loved ones appreciate the presents you’ve given, even more!
And what do you use for this special Christmas project?
At canvassimo, as we love crafts, we tend to keep almost anything which we feel might be useful for our DIY projects. We let our imagination go wild!
For zero-waste wrapping packing we were using items from “natural sources” (read: found home!), such as:
- glossy pages, printed on high quality paper, kept from brochures or magazines, commercial catalogues, pictures, greeting cards etc,
- ribbons made of fancy fabric,
- metal, wooden and stone beads and
- scraps of various fabrics.
We also used items found in a garden or park: dried twigs, fresh needle sprigs, small stems from berry bushes and cones.
We only bought a few items, i.e.: recyclable brown paper, white paper, acrylic paints and thin wire.
If you don’t have the items above or those you will see in our photos below, don’t worry, you can try finding something else in your home in a forgotten drawer, DIY box, garage or studio (if you are lucky to have one!). Also stay alert and take a closer look at all those wonders you can find during your stroll in a park for instance.
Being equipped with all the desired items we have prepared a few examples of how to wrap Christmas presents.
We truly hope they will inspire you and that you’ll join us in this zero waste gift wrapping project!