Top 3 Eco-friendly Wrapping Ideas

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? If so, you’ll probably be wanting to disguise your gifts from the eyes of curious family members and stash them in a safe place until the big event. The easiest way to hide those presents is, of course, wrapping paper! 
While heading out to the shops to buy some wrapping paper might be the easy option, it likely won’t be the most sustainable one. The majority of wrapping paper sold on the high street is crafted from plastic, low quality dyed that are dyed and decorated with glitter (another form of plastic) that takes a very long time to decompose, and won’t be recyclable. Here’s some alternative options to help you keep your planet a bit healthier.

Non-coated Newsprint Paper

If you cast your memory back to primary days, you’ll probably remember playing a decent few games of pass the parcel with your friends. That excitement of ripping of each layer and hoping you’ll be the one to reach the final stage to win that coveted prize. Well, the same principle can be applied when wrapping up your Christmas presents (maybe don’t wrap it up in quite as many layers as you might do with pass the parcel though...)! You’ll be surprised by how aesthetically pleasing the final result is, and the material is easy to recycle once the present has been opened. Simple, stylish and satisfying.

Old Book Pages

If you’re a bookworm, then chances are you’ve got a lot of ancient tomes sitting around the house which are starting to clog up your bookcase. If they haven’t got any sentimental value, then why not reuse them to craft some nifty and creative works of your own? You could even fashion those pages into some fantastic bags (Link to tutorial? This has more good ideas: Get that book page in your hand, make two wings and fold them up inside, and use tape to stick them securely, then close one of those ends. To add the cherry on top, make sure to fasten it with a bow or a clothespin. Now you’ve got your own fashionable eco bag!

Wrap Cloths

Although a more costly option, wrap cloths will certainly earn pack their pricing with their chic, reusable material. Inspired by Japanese cloths called Furoshiki, all you need is a simple knot around your enclosed present to create a stunning gift that will add some extra spectacle to the Christmas tree. If you want to make your own wrap cloth and cut costs though, there’s a wide range of materials you can use, including silk, canvas and nylon; if you want to stay eco, however, cotton is the best option. It’s a washable, all-natural fibre that can be reused at your leisure.