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brown paper and string gift wrap

How to ditch the Christmas wrapping paper

Let’s face it, wrapping paper doesn’t last long before it’s ripped apart to reveal the gift underneath. Nowadays, lots of wrapping paper is coated in plastic, so it can’t go into the recycling bin; the same goes for any paper products which feature glitter.

You’ll be surprised to find there are lots of things around your home that you can use instead – or when it comes to reducing waste, the op shop can be your best friend.

Ideas for gift wrap

  • Brown paper wrapping or bags are really versatile and like a blank canvas - and they can be recycled (as long as they’re not coated with anything).
  • Save plain paper shopping bags from stores.
  • Collect interesting magazine pages, newspapers and old sheet music.
  • Save plain white paper or tissue paper that you’d otherwise recycle.
  • Gently used scarves are great for wrapping oddly shaped gifts.
  • Use new tea towels as a wrapping and make them part of your gift.
  • Use children’s artwork – or get them to draw something especially for Christmas wrapping paper.
  • Use any fabric off-cuts you may have laying around.
  • If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could make your own gift bags from fabric scraps which can be reused.
  • Left over wallpaper is also a great option and a unique gift-wrapping option.
  • Hang on to this year’s Christmas cards to make gift tags for next year!