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I think it is time to stop using wrapping paper. What are the alternatives?

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Meglet Fri 18-Dec-09 21:49:12

I'm going to be good and stop using wrapping paper once my current bits are used up, the sight of all of the waste in the bin after xmas (and birthdays) makes me angry sad.

Does anyone have any inspirational alternatives?

I'm off to google compostable paper to see it it exists........

Innat Thu 15-Nov-12 09:07:26

Oh just noticed the date on the OP! Wouldn't be surprised if I wrote exactly the same thing on this thread two years ago!
Oh well at least it's topical smile

Innat Thu 15-Nov-12 09:03:31

I reuse the kids pictures including the ones of a large roll of paper they have on a drawing board. Also I save the brown paper that comes in a lot of deliveries as packaging. It's great because it's perforated so you can tear it to the right size. I'm going to get the kids to Decorate it for Christmas paper.
I do always think I must look like a right weirdo though when there are loads of immaculately wrapped presses at a kids party and then ours in some random reused bit of paper! One year I saved all the full page pictures that were in the centre pages of the guardian (which was delivered to work everyday) for a few weeks before Christmas and these looked really good as wrapping paper.

howcomes Tue 06-Nov-12 00:45:47

Pages from old AA or RAC maps make fun wrapping paper too

FreelanceMama Mon 05-Nov-12 00:14:28

A friend of mine always wraps gifts in saved magazine articles either saved for the pictures or the content e.g. Recipes.

For Fathers Day, I gave my partner his gifts in babygrows - unpoppering them to get the presents was fun.

skyebluesapphire Mon 05-Nov-12 00:01:13

My cousin married into a family who live a very simple non materialistic life and they are very eco friendly. They wrap everything in magazines and newspapers. For childrens presents they ask for old comics and use those.

HipHopOpotomus Sun 04-Nov-12 23:48:44


MothershipG Sun 04-Nov-12 23:34:42

Zombie thread! grin

But I second furoshiki, really simple and easier to reuse fabric and it looks great!

There are lots of tutorials on YouTube.

HipHopOpotomus Sun 04-Nov-12 23:19:20

I use some of DD's pictures/paintings taped together. She's prolific!
And I reuse bags etc we are given.

stargirl1701 Sun 04-Nov-12 23:15:46

I use brown paper which can be recycled.

CanonFodder Sun 04-Nov-12 23:11:51

Oh and in fact I think we even managed to get hold of some recycled brown paper this year! Having read this thread we might use some newspaper too!

CanonFodder Sun 04-Nov-12 23:10:51

We use brown parcel paper that you can get cheaply from loads of places. The kids potato paint it with stars in non toxic paint, and we use some plain. Everyone's pile has presents in layer, one starred one plain etc...tied up with ribbon. We reuse the plain paper to line the chicken house and then compost it and use the painted stuff as kindling for the fire. Voila.

BoerWarKids Thu 06-Sep-12 20:51:34

I'd never heard of furoshiki, just Googled. They're lovely, I think I'd like some for myself!

ethelb Thu 06-Sep-12 19:43:14

I've been making some furoshiki to wrap presents up with and will continue to. Japanese tradition states they should come back to me filled with presents grin

BoerWarKids Tue 21-Aug-12 17:03:36

The little boy had to run around the house and find them all, to be clear..

BoerWarKids Tue 21-Aug-12 17:01:54

I use brown paper and string (these are a few of my faaaavourite things! wink) and encourage recipient to reuse paper. I don't use tape on it.

I watched a tv prog years ago, before being eco had gone mainstream, where a v. lentil-weavery family hid all their DS's presents around the house, instead of wrapping them. It was a brilliant idea, the little boy loved it!

ravenAK Thu 16-Aug-12 00:07:08

My mum used to hand out nail scissors to everyone on Xmas Day - we were all trained to cut neatly along the sellotape & carefully fold the paper!

Some pieces were 5 years old, postcard sized & being used to wrap individual satsumas before being finally discarded...

I still do this, only buying a roll or two of non-shiny paper each year for the biggest parcels. All gift bags are carefully saved. Even stuff like ribbons & tissue from shop packaging can be used for kids' crafts after Xmas.

& cut out gift tags from the cards with pinking shears.

I usually end up composting the trimmed off bits from paper & cards.

duchesse Wed 15-Aug-12 23:54:42

We reuse wrapping paper until it's barely decent not to. Even my 2 year opens presents really carefully by gently peeling the tape off. Gift bags get multiple reuses.

Other than that, you can wrap things in tea towels that become part of the gift, and tie with raffia. I've given people their presents in jute shopping bags that I also give them as part of the present. Any nice horticultural paper can be used, tissue paper, newspaper with a motif sprayed or stencilled on. I even use the bag they thing came in if I know the person really well.

NPPF Wed 15-Aug-12 23:39:47

I stopped wrapping the kids Christmas presents a few years ago purely because I hate wrapping presents. They all go into a pillowcase at the end of each bed.

BIWItheBold Sat 14-Jul-12 09:49:19

Sorry - sell

BIWItheBold Sat 14-Jul-12 09:48:59

You wouldn't be trying to see to us, would you? hmm

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TheMollyRogerAndTheIvy Thu 31-Dec-09 13:33:26

I reuse wrapping paper. And save tissue paper from shoes boxes when we buy those. And have used newpaper and ribbon.
But I did a lot of 'hampers' this year (saved cardboard boxes and decorated them)
Hanaflower - thanks for that link - I got sucked in there to your friend's blog

blithedance Thu 31-Dec-09 12:46:01

All this would be solved if recycled, recyclable (ie non shiny) gift paper was more widely available. The most eco-friendly could then wrap up with string/ribbon/raffia so it wouldn't get damaged unwrapping and can save it for re-using next year.

A lady rang into Jeremy Vine the other day though and did recommend using the most plasticated shiny gift wrap for maximum re-use potential grin.

Nefertari Tue 29-Dec-09 10:27:29

We tend to re-use gift bags in our family, to the extent that if we buy a new one, no-one writes on the actual tag! In fact I now have some small fabric bags that can be re-used.

And recently I created a hamper for my MIL for Christmas, as many hampers have chocolate, which she can't eat (causes migraines). Instead of using shredded paper to pack the items in, I used a couple of new tea towels, carefully drapped to protect the items, so less waste and more practicalities.

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