I’m not going to lie. I was tempted. It was all so colourful and sparkly and festive. It made me happy just to look at it.
Last week, I was out and about running errands when I came upon a giant display of Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons and tags. Whoever set up the display was GOOD. I was dazzled. The wrapping paper was beautiful. I pulled out several rolls to really appreciate them. Before I knew it I was looking for matching ribbon and bows, and envisioning beautifully wrapped gifts under my tree for all to admire. But then I remembered that a lot of gift wrap is not recyclable. I put my carefully curated wrapping selections back and left the store.
The following gift wrap cannot be recycled:
Foil and glitter-decorated wrapping paper
Bows and ribbons
Wrapping paper can be recycled if you can scrunch it into a ball. Before recycling wrapping paper you must remove ALL tape, tags, ribbon and bows. If you receive a gift in some of the fancy foil or glitter paper your options are to toss it or unwrap the gift carefully and reuse the paper next year. Gift bags can be used repeatedly and then recycled if they don’t have any foil or glitter on them.
So what do you do if you want beautiful festive packages that don’t create a bunch of waste? Answer: giant roll of recycled brown kraft paper. The wrapping possibilities are endless with this plain brown paper, and a quick Pinterest search will provide you with plenty of ideas. Fabric gift bags made from ends or scraps of fabric are another great idea. This takes more planning and time but if you are looking for some wrapping WOW factor this is the way to go!
We will be sharing some of our wrapping how-tos on Instagram over the next couple of weeks. Everything from tape-less wrapping to using natural decorations to a wee sewing project.
This gift giving season we ask that you think about how and where your wrapping was made, and what will become of it when its job is done.