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6 Alternatives to Traditional Wrapping

We could wrap the world almost 4 times over with the amount of single-use wrapping paper we use every Christmas*! Not sure what to use instead? Here are some fresh, eco-friendly ideas.
Fabric

Most of us have some spare fabric lying around the house - from old tablecloths we don't use to shirts that are ready to be thrown out. Use them to wrap, and tear them up to make ribbons. Add some old costume jewellery to pretty it up. If you need some inspiration google 'furoshiki' - the Japanese have perfected the art of wrapping with fabric. 

Fabric wrapping with costume jewellery

    Santa sacks for the kids

    There is a bit of debate around whether you should wrap the gifts that go into a Santa sack. Save some paper (and time) and leave them unwrapped this year. The kids will still get a surprise when they pull out their gifts and it is the gift that is the focus, not the wrapping!

      Scarves

      I know I have a big collection of scarves that I don't wear, but if you don't and this idea appeals you could check out your local op shops to create a gift wrapped in a gift!

      Gift wrapped in a scarf

        Tote bags

        You may have bought some things through the year that arrived in some sort of tote bag - reuse them! They can then be re-gifted again or used for shopping. 

        At Indigo Bay tote bags are one of our wrapping options - see here to order yours!

        Indigo Bay Tote Bag packaging

        Newspaper and Magazines

        We all get them, why not reuse them? You can pretty them up with ribbon or with string or try adding some beads or natural foliage from your garden.  

        Michelle from Eco Luxe Australia does this so well! She uses proof sheets from In Noosa Magazine to wrap her orders and they look amazing!

        In fact, In Noosa Magazine are offering their press sheets for free to use as wrapping - all you have to do is go pick it up. See below for details.

        Eco Luxe wrapping

         Have your gifts wrapped at the mall

        Yes, you are having gifts wrapped in new, unused paper and the point of this blog post is to try and avoid that, but.....here's the thing. If you are terrible at wrapping, hate doing it and want to save yourself some time, this is a good alternative as the money raised is donated to charity. 

        Details

        Pick up your free press sheets from In Noosa Magazine
        1b/36 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Heads

          📷 credit - last photo, under Newspapers and Magazines, is from Eco Luxe Australia.

          * 2017 survey from CARE Australia from https://news.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/articles/what-christmas-left-behind-a-guide-to-what-you-can-and-cant-recycle (a great article on what Christmas items can and can't be recycled and what to do with your waste).

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