The gift wrapping season is upon us, and if you’ve found yourself spending your free time this lockdown online shopping for Christmas presents – just like us – then you’re probably also thinking about gift wrapping.
While store-bought wrapping paper is colourful, fun and festive most of the time it’s non-recyclable. Despite being branded as paper it often contains glitter and foil (and after we’ve wrapped – sellotape) all of which can’t be recycled and it causes havoc for recycling centres during the festive period.
So, if you’re looking for a more eco-friendly Christmas this year, here are a few creative ways to wrap your gifts.
However, if you’re on a budget and traditional wrapping paper is a more cost effective option, here is an easy way to check if it can be recycled:
Try to scrunch the paper into a ball. If it scrunches, and stays scrunched, it can probably be recycled – but remember to remove any sellotape before putting it in your recycle bin.
Be aware that even if your paper is recyclable that not all councils will take it. Some may let you put it into your regular recycling collection, and other may require you to bring it to your nearest recycling centre.
You can check with your local authority here: