A Greener Christmas - Present Wrapping

Published: 16/09/2022
Picture of Wrapped Christmas Present

Lots of homes across the UK will be getting festive this week and putting their Christmas trees up.  But what if we told you that doesn't have to be the only thing that's green in your house this Christmas?

Could you make this Christmas the greenest one yet?

Not sure where to start? We're hear to help with our Greener Christmas blog series. Let's start with the wrapping around the Christmas Tree.

presents wrapped in brown paper with snowflake decoration tied up with string

Wrapping paper 

It's true that most wrapping paper can actually be recycled...but only if it's not the shiny and glittery type.  If you want to know if the wrapping paper can be recycled or not, use the scrunch test.

Scrunch up the paper in your hands and then let it go. If the paper stays scrunched up then it can be recycled but, if it unfolds by its own accord, then it likely contains non-recyclable materials.

Fear not though, even if you receive a shiny, glittery present, open it carefully and you can reuse the paper next year.

When doing your own wrapping why not make the switch to brown eco-friendly paper as this will help to minimise the high levels of waste produced at this time of year.  Check out our Get Crafty this Christmas blog for tips on how to jazz up brown wrapping paper.

Or you can skip the wrapping all together and opt for gift bags as these can be used more than once.

presents wrapped in brown paper and string

Sticky tape

Sticky tape isn't reusable or recyclable, but a simple swap is to use string. This can be reused and it looks pretty too!  

You can also get brown paper tape which is biodegradable and 100% recyclable, which makes it a perfect environmentally-friendly alternative to standard packing tape.