I’m a storage and packaging expert here’s how to wrap Christmas presents sustainably
Recycled and Recyclable Wrapping Paper
Look for wrapping paper and gift bags made from recycled paper. Many companies now offer attractive options with festive designs that dpn;t cost the earth, check for the FSC logo to be sure.
You also want to ensure that once it’s served its purpose it can be recycled again, rather than ending up in landfill, so avoid foil based or glitter paper as this often can’t be. Gift bags can be reused several times, so store them for next year and don’t throw them away.
Reusable Fabric Gift Wrap
If you want to try something different, consider using fabric gift wraps that can be reused. In Japan these beautiful cloth wraps are called Furoshiki, traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. The recipient can then use the fabric for another purpose such as a scarf or headwrap.
Biodegradable Jute Twine
Ditch plastic based ribbons and bows and secure presents with twine made from natural fibres like jute or hemp. These materials are biodegradable and eco-friendly and can give a rustic Scandinavian look to your gift wrapping. Slices of dried orange or striped candy canes make attractive biodegradable decorations when tied onto a twine bow.
Opt for gift boxes and packaging made from recyclable cardboard. Ensure they are labelled as recyclable, as with wrapping paper look for FSC certification. Instead of polystyrene packing chips, use bags of festive nuts to keep presents secure, after all peanuts were the original packaging material.
Renewable packing tape made from plant-based materials
Traditional wrapping tape is made from plastic, however, renewable packing tape is a much more eco-friendly alternative. These cornstarch or bamboo based tapes are biodegradable and compostable, whilst just as strong and durable as traditional wrapping tape.