Ethical Christmas Wrapping

Ethical Christmas Wrapping

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Christmas Olive – ecoChici (Oz)

    $25 AUD

    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.

Keep an eye on Ethical Fair over the festive season for more Ethical Christmas posts. You can follow us on twitter @ethicalfair or on Facebook

All prices and info correct 2nd Dec 2015.


1 Comment

  1. We are Re-wrapped and we make high quality products from 100% recycled post consumer waste that has not been bleached and only use environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks in all our products. This makes our products themselves fully recyclable, which we believe makes us pretty unique.

    We are always looking to increase awareness of the impacts that wrapping paper has on our environment. If it contains laminates, metal, glitter or other additives, it cannot be recycled and as a result, up to 70% of it actually ends up in landfill and hence love the posts on your site.

    Over the last 6 months, we have been through a very exciting time as a company and have changed massively:
    – we re-wrote and launched our new and improved website, although I have to admit, I do not know what a DIV is, referred to earlier in your article 🙂
    – we have increased our range from 20 to 46 designs
    – we now have matching gift swing tags for all of designs
    – we have launched our first ever range of 8 greeting cards
    – and awe re in the final throws of bringing a range of 10 notebooks to market

    You already have one reference to our paper (Sugar and Spice – Ethical Gifts for a Princess, May 5, 2015), but our company is much more than just this.

    Anyway, I though is was worth leaving a quick comment, to give you an update on us as a business.

    David Izzard
    (Managing Director)

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