Conventional gift wrap often has plastic coating and glitter, and can’t be recycled. It’s also usually sold in plastic wrap, either as sheets or rolls. As you can’t recycle it, not only does it chop down trees, but our hard-working refuse collectors have a nightmare processing it all, say the week after Christmas when bins are full of it. Over 4 million tons of gift wrap is thrown each year in the US alone, along with those Christmas ‘gift bags’ which usually also have plastic coatings.
Most of our gift wrap sold in shops comes from ‘sustainable forests’. This means that old-growth forests (mostly in Scandinavia) are chopped down to make way for fast-growing saplings, which often use chemicals and insecticide, so this still harms native wildlife. With 6 trees needed to make one ton of paper, that means that Christmas gift wrap chops down around 50,000 trees each year – all to be thrown out. We all think of Scandinavia as a heavily forested land, but it is becoming less so, the more disposable paper that the western world uses.
This ‘Pressed Flowers’ Recycled Gift wrap is made from uncoated recycled paper. Use with eco paper packing tape. Sold as a set of two sheets with images of delicate pressed flowers on a neutral background, it’s printed in the UK using vegetable inks.
This recycled paper ‘mistletoe & holly’ gift wrap is made from paper that has already been used, therefore saving trees. Ideal for Christmas, the bespoke design is super-cute and printed using a waterless and chemical-free process in the UK, to keep the carbon footprint low. Choose a bundle of 3 or 5 sheets. Did you know that mistletoe and holly are both plants toxic to pets? So keep them out of reach during the festive season (or anytime).
Curlicue offers beautiful wrapping paper sold in flat sheets or rolls, all printed using eco inks onto recycled paper. In several gorgeous designs, this company also makes matching gift tags from recycled card.
Alice Palace offers gorgeous wrapping paper on recycled paper, printed with green energy. This artist-designed gift wrap is printed with vegetable inks, sold in packs of 3 sheets. Also in a fun dog design.
Summer Lane Studio Christmas Wrap is made from recycled uncoated paper. Printed with vegetable inks, it features rhymes of ‘things we love about Christmas’ including spending time with loved ones, wishing for snow and writing to Father Christmas. Printed in Scotland.
This company also sells plantable wildflower paper. It’s lovely but best to avoid using or sending to households with animal friends, as most wildflowers are toxic to pets.
Ultimate Christmas Wrapper’s Delight Set is all made from recycled paper. Sent rolled to avoide creases, everything is designed and printed with vegetable inks in the UK. The set includes:
- 5 giant bauble wrapping gsheets
- 5 Christmas paper sheets
- 5 no peeking sheets
- 5 North Pole sheets
- 12 for you tags (red, blue and pink mix)
- 12 x A6 cards and red envelopes
- Ribbon, tape and string not included
ReWrapped offers nice recycled paper gift wraps:
- Yellow Elephants
- Vintage Retro Daisy
- Jungle Animals
- Native Birds
- Autumn Leaves
- Vintage Retro Leaves
- Dawn Chorus
- Birds of Paradise
- Cavallini fish
Gift Wrap from Shedding Bark
‘Hearts’ Lokta Gift Wrap is a unique wrapping paper, made from the naturally shedding bark from a shrub grown in Nepal. Most conventional wrapping paper has plastic or gold foil coating, meaning it can’t be recycled.
Local people in the Himalayas harvest this sustainable bark, and turn it into beautiful gift paper. The paper is then dyed with eco-friendly water-based inks, to create the vibrant colours. Available as 3 or 5 sheets, the sheets are sent folded (or rolled for an additional fee). Also in pink. Also as ‘Stars’ Lokta Gift Wrap in various colours. And floral lokta gift wrap.
More Beautiful Recycled Gift Wraps