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You can wrap gifts for your loved ones beautifully, without creating a lot of rubbish. Try out these eco-friendly ideas:
Find items you have around the house like old felt or fabric and ribbon. For an easy fabric bag, simply fold the fabric in half, sew down the side and base then pop your gift in and tie with an old ribbon or fabric scraps.
In Japanese culture, the art of fabric wrapping has been around for centuries. Use any beautiful fabric you already own, a silk scarf or a tea towel, which works as a bonus gift for your loved one!
A great way to present gifts you want to show off can be glass jars. These are perfect for homemade biscuits, sweets, soaps or coffee scrubs.
Newspaper, butchers paper or old knitting patterns make the perfect eco-friendly wrapping- just add twine, native flowers, homemade biscuits or herbs such as rosemary to decorate.
Old road maps and guides are turning obsolete- use old ones you have lying around for a vintage and interesting way to wrap gifts.
When you receive gifts yourself, remember to save and re-use the wrapping paper, gift bags and ribbon. Save old Christmas cards too, cut the picture or main focal piece of the card out and use as decoration.
Make a special gift even more special by using your children’s drawings as wrapping paper. Use artwork they have already created at school, childcare or at home.
Watch a video with one of our local waste warriors Sarah who always wraps her gifts waste-free: