What is the most eco-friendly way to wrap presents?

Children wrapping a gift in sustainable Curlicue gift wrap

The children are wrapping a gift in our Reader's Delight sustainable wrapping paper

We all love to give and receive gifts, but what about the environmental impact of wrapping paper? Every year, millions of tons of wrapping paper are used and discarded, creating a huge amount of waste. Fortunately, there are eco-friendly alternatives to traditional wrapping paper that can help reduce your environmental footprint. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most eco-friendly ways to wrap presents.

Recycled Paper that is still recyclable 

If you prefer the look of traditional wrapping paper, there are many options available made from recycled materials. The key is to also find wrap made from recycled materials that is still recyclable - and that's much tougher to do than you'd think! Curlicue was borne from this very need, because it's tough to come by. So if you need wrap check out all our designs here

DIY Wrapping Ideas

Another great way to wrap presents in an eco-friendly way is by getting creative with DIY ideas! You can use old newspaper or magazines as an alternative to traditional wrapping paper, or even create your own designs using fabric scraps or other recycled materials. If you’re feeling extra creative, you could even make your own gift bags out of scraps! This is a great way to add a personal touch while reducing waste at the same time.

Natural Elements

Finally, you can use natural elements such as leaves, twigs, and pinecones as an alternative to traditional wrappings. This is a great way to add a unique touch while also reducing your environmental impact. You can also use items like string or ribbon made from natural fibres such as cotton or jute instead of plastic ribbons which are not biodegradable.

Reusable Wrapping Materials

One of the best ways to reduce your environmental impact when wrapping presents is to use reusable materials. This could include fabric gift bags or boxes made from recycled materials. You can also use items like scarves or tea towels as an alternative to traditional wrapping paper. They also look great and can be used again and again for years to come, but be sure to explain the reuse principle when you give the gift so that the fabric wrap is reused or given back to you. 

Wrapping presents doesn’t have to be wasteful. There are many eco-friendly alternatives available that will help reduce your environmental footprint while still looking beautiful under the tree. There’s something for everyone when it comes to sustainable gift wrap.