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Wrapping paper alternatives

Wrapping paper is a difficult material to recycle as it contains thin fibres, is often dyed, laminated and glittery or has tape attached. For this reason, not all areas will be able to accept it for recycling this year. However that doesn't changed the fact that 540,000 tonnes are used every year! 

These alternatives below are all a great way to reduce waste whilst keeping within the festive spirit!

Brown Paper

Why not wrap your gifts in brown paper this year? It can be recycled in with your cardboard recycling either at home or at a recycling centre. Brown paper can be purchased from your local craft store or post office. Personalise it with reusable ribbons and bows to add a special touch.

Wrag Wrap

Looking for reusable wrapping paper? Wrag Wrap are a Devon based company who offer a stylish, reusable gift wrap. There are are a range of sizes to fit almost any gift, and no cutting or sticking required! Find out more.



Why not give your presents wrapped in fabrics for a lovely reusable touch? The Japanese art of Furoshiki is a wonderful way to do this. Find out more.


Newspaper is a wonderful option for gift wrap for a number of reasons; it’s recyclable, it’s an item that many receive for free or for a very reasonable price, and it also comes with a design that will make every present unique. Why not give it a go this year?


Make your own Gift Box

These boxes are a quick, easy way to dress up a gift. They can be made to suit different size presents and include a lid as well. Find detailed instructions here.