Over the last couple of years, with increased immersion into involvement and fundraising for environmental charities, I have noticed, that as well as the impact large careless companies have on the planet, another main issue is our routines, our ingrained lifestyle habits that take a toll on our world, but seem insignificant in the whole scheme of things, so we don’t change them.
Working towards a more sustainable Christmas, was one of my family’s goals last year and I am eager to repeat and improve it this year too. Wrapping paper, in all truth does not give us that much elation, it is what is inside that counts, so why do so few people ditch the decorations? I don’t think that people really realise the damage cellophane and other plastic wrapping can have on the planet, and what the alternatives are…
Brown paper is a good alternative however it is important to make sure it is not plastic coated. Once you have found a good source of it however, it makes a gift look nostalgic and cute, especially with a nice ribbon around it too! My favourite method was using a tea towel, as well as being environmentally friendly, it brings an extra gift to the receiver too, (no- one can ever have enough tea towels!). However, it is important to perhaps find out where they are sourced, and make sure that whilst you are trying to do the right thing, you are not funding the continuation of sweatshops, and unethical systems. To avoid any confusion with this, there are other options available too. Tissue paper can come in ranges of colour and can look creative or perhaps a pretty paper bag or decorated shoebox. Boxes and bags can often be reused too, and can look themed, cosy and considerate whilst being good for our world.
So, this Christmas, I urge you to make the swap, as it is not massively challenging and is so much better for the world. After all, Christmas is a time to spread the joy, and I don’t feel like contributing to 227,000 miles of wrapping paper per year is a good idea of going about it. So good luck and Happy Christmas!