Wrapping presents plastic-free

As the holiday’s approach everyone is starting to shop for presents and gift wrap. It seems such a lot of plastic to buy tape or glue just to wrap presents that are going to be opened in seconds.It seems such a waste – especially when these products can’t be recycled or reused. I always try to recycle as much wrapping paper as I can, although some pieces are shredded to bits and other gift-wrap I receive is completely plastic.

In all the historical films and documentaries I’ve seen, using tape to seal presents is a relatively new concept. Before this, they used brown paper and string (even in my grandmother’s youth), or wrapped in fabric if you could afford it…… So I decided that this year (as part of my zero-waste, no plastic initiative) I would re-learn how to wrap without using tape or glue.

It wasn’t as hard as I’d anticipated.

There are many alternatives to tape:

  1. Paper & string. You can buy coloured string from sewing shops or use fabric ribbon to tie the presents up. Bows can also be created from fabric – either using the traditional “shoelace” bow or a more fancy style bow (like the style you buy in plastic ribbon). o-COMICS-WRAP-570
  2. Wrap in fabric or in a scarf. Some places now sell this specific type of wrapping material including Lush, Ikea,

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  3. Personalise your wrapping paper by either using magazines, maps or self-printing. This gives you the opportunity to think of the recipient’s personality while wrapping – e.g. maps for travellers/hikers, magazines on fishing/fashion/sports, etc.
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    http://www.therogueginger.com/2014/12/wrap-your-presents-plastic-free.html

     

  4. Use fabric bags – or make your own fabric bag from an old jumper/sweater.Upcycled-Sweater-Bag

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  5. Use boxes, whether these be cardboard boxes or storage tins. The present can be laid inside the box and supported with tissue paper.
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Not only do these methods reduce or eliminate your plastic use – but all make very personalised wrapping which is unique and one of a kind, rather than the commercialised, plasticised, “normal” method of wrapping.

http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper

http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/12/wrapping-presents-without-tape-or-glue/

 

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