On average, each person will purchase nine gifts this holiday season, according to Deloitte’s 2022 Holiday Retail Survey.
As we are finding the most flashy and glittery paper, bows, and ribbon to wrap all these presents, did you ever stop to consider if that wrapping paper was recyclable? According to the recycling community, plain wrapping paper is recyclable but any paper with glitter, velvet and or metallic elements is not.
5 Unique and Sustainable Wrapping Options
Plantable wrapping paper!
Utilize wrapping paper that can wrap a present, then be planted in the ground, and grow into beautiful flowers. There are multiple companies out there that sell such a product. A gift that keeps on giving!
Fabric wrapping material
A material that can be washed and reused repeatedly. There are many companies the offer beautiful colors and gorgeous designs.
- Check out Wrapper. They have a blog about wrapping paper verses fabric wrapping, too.
- The Fabric Wrapping Co.
- Etsy has plenty of options as well!
In the past, many presents were wrapped in newspaper, and it could be the new retro trend comeback!
Sheets and pillowcases
Give a gift that wraps another gift!
Baskets and storage containers
These are great options to put your gifts in that will serve another purpose as well. Happy wrapping, everyone!
Chelsa Anderson is a Carbon Consultant for EcoEngineers. She has an eye for innovative sustainability projects. Have you seen relevant or innovative news or articles surrounding the Clean Energy Economy? If so, shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she can feature it in the next update. Articles should be evergreen in nature and not specifically tied to a particular publication date.