We could all do with some good festive spirit going on. But as we know Christmas is also one of the most wasteful times of the year too. Statistics show in the UK alone we create 30% more waste than usual during the festive period.
One of those areas being packaging. Most wrapping paper can't be recycled and at Christmas we go through the equivalent of 50,000 trees in gift wrapping!! So we've rounded up our best eco friendly wrapping paper alternatives and some crimbo card hacks.
- KANKAN customers keep hold of your packaging, we use Flexi Hex not only because it looks great (totally tree ready) and is plastic free, but because of its longevity and robustness too. As Flexi Hex says - it can be re-used up to 5x so now is the time to reuse reuse reuse! And following this it can go into your home composting, or try this at home planting activity to get your winter seeds planted. How about that for environmentally friendly gift wrap
For any of you who know Who gives a crap you may well know their fun loo roll wrap makes great gift wrap in an afterlife. We were really inspired by this when designing our own packaging. We hope our ‘what goes around comes around’ tissue (printed by Noissue) that sits between our cans and bottles, goes on to wrap many other items. Other good dual loo roll/wrapping paper brands out there is Smartass.
Make the packaging part of the gift. If you are tempted to give Furoshiki a go and you are looking for inspo then check out @thefabricwrappingco for some good tips. Whether it be a vintage scarf or tea towel, or some fabric you've been meaning to do something with - it by no means need to be purchased especially for the occasion. Or if Furoshiki isn’t quite your thing, locating a storage item of sorts could work a treat. A biscuit tin, a wicker basket or for something special we recommend a waxy bag. These are great and in our household they serve a multitude of purposes. Our fav out there is from WaxAtelier.
- Bring some nostalgia and sentiment into the experience. We might not be travelling a whole lot these days but if you have any old souvenir maps kicking about from bygone holidays these make a great alternative. Plus all that kids craft comes in handy and makes for a great sustainable gift wrapping option.
- Shop with end packaging in mind. So many brands have purposefully ensured their delivery packaging does the job of both safely delivering an item and also creating a lovely receiving experience simply as it comes. London borough of Jams for example comes in a beautiful delivery box good to go straight under the tree.
- Alex Stedman from the Frugality shares a great hack about reusing cards as gift tags. So simple as an eco alternative but makes SO much sense!
- As shown here by Fatface, their shopping bags have been designed with reuse in mind. In fact, seeing the footage of 'how it works' has just made us realise that any paper shopping bag is perfect for repurposing and creating a sustainable gift wrapping alternative.