Ethical Christmas wrapping is a quick & easy way to make a green contribution to the festive season. With 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper thrown out or burnt every Christmas we cannot underestimate the positive impact of making a greener choice.
Luckily, there are about a million alternative ways to wrap a gift. If you are crafty you can fashion your own gift wrap and there are tons of ideas online e.g. Buzzfeed, Inhabitat, Hongkiat or Huffington Post. You can be sure your gift will stand out from the masses of standard high street designs under the tree. For those of us who are more likely to glue our arm to our leg than create a gift extravaganza, don’t worry, there are plenty of ethical Christmas wrapping options you can swap money for! Here are a few that caught our eye.
Recycled Brown Paper – Not on the High Street
100% recycled wrapping paper, screen printed in Britain using water-based inks. Pick-and-mix the options to create your own gift wrapping set.
Handmade Gift Wrap Set – Unicef
3 sheets of wrapping paper, handmade in India. Printed with gold designs and accompanied by gift tags with cotton ties.
Wrapping Set – Grehom
Made from fibres drawn from silk and cotton rags and printed by hand in India. Sold as a set of 2 sheets.
Spotty Folding Gift Boxes – Traidcraft
Made in the Philippines. These would be perfect for small gifts and could be reused after the festive season for attractive storage. Price for a set of 4.
Assorted Blockprints – One Village
Block printed by hand and made from a rapidly regenerating shrub that is unique to just below the summer snowline in the high hills of Nepal. Set of 5.
Fair Trade Raffia Ties – Natural Collection
In four different colours, these are made by a family owned business in the Philippines. A fair trade bow or curl is the perfect final touch for any gift package.
Christmas Olive – ecoChici (Oz)
100% cotton unbleached screen printed fabric wrap with polyester French grosgrain ribbon. Made in Australia. Each kit comes complete with fabric wrap, two unique ecoChici ribbon clips, gift tag and wrapping instructions.
Know any other great ethical Christmas wrapping options? Let us know in the comments section below.