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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).