If you celebrate any holidays that involve exchanging gifts, then you're probably no stranger to wrapping paper.
Oftentimes, though, the wrapping paper we use is not eco-friendly or sustainable.
The problem with regular wrapping paper
Most wrapping paper is made from virgin pulp, which means it comes from trees that have been cut down specifically for the purpose of making wrapping paper.
This is not sustainable and it contributes to deforestation.
In addition, most wrapping paper is coated with shiny metallic foils and plasticizers, which makes it non-recyclable.
So what happens to all that wrapping paper after it's been ripped open on Christmas morning?
It goes straight into the garbage, where it will sit in a landfill for years—possibly even centuries—to come.
Sustainable wrapping paper
Sustainable wrapping paper is made from recycled materials, which means it has a much smaller environmental footprint than regular wrapping paper.
In addition, sustainable wrapping paper is recyclable, so you can feel good knowing that your used wrapping paper won't end up in a landfill.
But before you run to the shop for some eco-friendly wrapping supplies, let's see what are the most sustainable ways to wrap your presents.
Wrapping your presents sustainably
Use what you already have
Old newspapers or magazines can make great wrapping supplies this season.
You already have them, they look cool - job done!
You can also use bits of fabric, scarves, or tea towels to wrap your gifts in fabric using a traditional Japanese method of wrapping gifts called furoshiki.
Learn more about furoshiki gift wrapping here How To Wrap Your Gifts In Fabric: Furoshiki Gift Wrapping.
Use wrapping paper and wrapping supplies that can be reused, recycled, or composted
The most obvious benefit of using sustainable wrapping supplies is that they won't contribute to the waste produced every holiday season.
Another benefit of using sustainable wrapping supplies is that they often look just as good as traditional ones. In fact, some sustainable wrapping papers are even more aesthetically pleasing than traditional options.
Finally, using sustainable wrapping supplies can be a great way to support businesses that are trying to be more environmentally friendly.
When you purchase sustainable wrapping paper, you are supporting businesses that are working to reduce their impact on the environment.
To learn more about sustainable gift wrapping check out our article Zero-Waste Gift Wrapping This Holiday Season.
By choosing sustainable wrapping paper and supplies, you can help make a difference this holiday season!