Wrapping gifts in the run up to Christmas is fun and creates a holiday spirit. The only drawback: Packaging waste is created, both during packing and during unpacking. Many gift packaging materials cannot be reused, which is why around 20% more packaging waste is produced in Germany over the Christmas period.
Pack gifts sustainably
If you want to package gifts sustainably, you should use reusable materials or materials you already have at home. Avoid plastic wrap, plastic liners and glitter as they are not recyclable. Instead, there are plenty of beautiful and festive alternatives you can use to wrap your gifts, with no packaging waste!
Use recycled wrapping paper
If you don’t have enough time and need to buy wrapping paper, get recycled wrapping paper. This is made from 100% waste paper and can be purchased without hesitation. You can recognize the recycled wrapping paper by the “Blue Angel” seal.
Reuse purchased wrapping paper
You can store and reuse purchased wrapping paper instead of throwing it away. You just have to make sure that you are careful when unpacking and that you store the wrapping paper in such a way that it won’t get damaged. For example, you can fix the paper with kitchen paper or keep it on a hanger.
Make your own wrapping paper
Of course, in addition to natural brown paper, there are also plenty of alternatives for making your own wrapping paper. We have various beautiful and sustainable ideas for what you can use to wrap instead of purchased wrapping paper:
- Use the old ones to pack newsprint. You can also paint the paper, stick it or embellish it with a nice ribbon. You can also use old book pages, sheet music, maps, magazines or city maps. You can also cut out individual letters or images and glue them onto natural brown wrapping paper – let your creativity run free.
- Another option for gift wrapping is tin cans. Simply make your gift in a tin box or old cookie jar. The jars can be embellished and reused after opening.
- Also textiles they are suitable for gift wrapping. For example, these can be fabrics that you still have at home that you can use for packaging. Small bags made from recycled fabric are another option. The recipient can continue to use them later.
- Homemade gifts like winter jam, liqueur or baking are delicious and come in one gift Jar always good. Another advantage is that the glass jars can be reused.
- Also baking and wrapping paper they are suitable as a substitute for gift paper. Just like with newspapers and the like, you can paint or stick them and embellish them with ribbons and gift tags.
- Even Toilet paper and kitchen rolls can be used for packaging. Just tie the roll on both sides with jute twine – the candy gift is ready.
- You can also wrap a gift inside another gift to save on packaging material. For example, a hat in your pocket. Use ribbon and labels to make it more festive.