Rosalie addresses the issue of Christmas time waste and shares some ideas on how to wrap your Christmas gifts more sustainably.
Sparkling packages, twirled ribbon and eye-catching festive patterns are what may spring to mind when thinking of Christmas present wrapping, but what is often neglected is the fact that wrapping paper contributes considerably to the masses of waste produced each Christmas. In 2016 alone, the UK threw away 227,000 miles of wrapping paper which is enough to wrap around the Earth over 5 times. This unnecessary waste can be easily avoided with some educated recycling choices and some slight changes to the way we wrap our festive gifts.
Reusing good quality wrapping paper and gift bags is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to wrap presents more sustainably. When you receive a gift, unwrapping it carefully and smoothing out the paper means you can store it and use it next year. I, myself, have built up a large collection of second-hand wrapping paper over time and enjoy rifling through it every year to find the perfect sheet for each present.