10 ideas for eco-friendly gift wrapping
Leave the glitter wrapping paper in the store this year and opt for a sustainable way to wrap your Sinterklaas and Christmas gifts. There are many fun eco-friendly ways to wrap your gifts and the gift recipient is guaranteed to be happy!
1. Use waste paper or old newspapersCollect old newspapers, paper packaging materials or even used wrapping paper and make beautiful packages out of it. With some extra decoration, this is a cute gift in no time!
2. Use old fabricsUse old pieces of fabric or scarves that you no longer use as beautiful gift wrapping. In Japan, this is an age-old method of packing and is called Furoshiki. There are many different ways to wrap the cloths around your gift, check out this blog from Spoonflower for tips.
3. Decorate with pine twigsNothing nicer than decorating your Christmas presents with pine twigs. Cut twigs from your Christmas tree or look for leftover pine branches, such as at your local Christmas tree seller.
4. Use recycled wrapping paperIs all this a bit too complicated for you? Nowadays you can buy gift wrapping paper made from recycled materials everywhere on the internet and in various shops. If you do want to buy new paper, this is definitely the best option.
5. Decorate with dried flowers/plantsThere's nothing cuter than a package with dried flowers or plants. Use sprigs of (dried) flowers that you still have lying around or buy a branch from the florist. A small branch can go a long way.
6. Use reusable gift wrapsReusable gift wraps are a great idea for sustainable packaging. The special thing about these gift wraps is that the gift wrap is not only packaging but also part of the gift. The recipient of the giftwrap can in turn give the giftwrap to someone else. Check out the cool reusable giftwraps from Atelier Revive that we offer, all made from waste fabrics.
7. Use paper tapeHave you ever considered that there are a lot of paper variants for the usual adhesive tape? They are available everywhere, like this handy Tesa tape from us. Cut thin strips crosswise and voilà, ready to seal your gift packaging.
8. Use chip bagsA super creative way to use leftover materials as gift wrapping is to use chip bags. It is possible to turn the bag inside out and use it as a gift bag, or cut the bag open and use it as wrapping paper. Do not forget to wash the bag well so that it is completely clean.
9. Use other residual materialsMost of us use quite a bit of food and other products that come packaged in all kinds of materials on a daily basis. Most materials will not be suitable for gift wrapping, but try looking at your packaging with a creative eye, there are more possibilities than you think!
10. Decorate with ribbons made from old clothesDo you have old clothes that you no longer use and cannot be given away either? Cut them into pieces and use them as decoration for gift packages! For example, think of beautiful ribbons and bows.
Enough ideas to get creative and not to waste unnecessary wrapping paper. We are curious what methods you will try this holiday season.
Do you have any other tips for eco-friendly gift packaging? Share it in the comments!