One big problem with wrapping paper is that there are several reasons it often can’t be recycled (recyclenow.com):
- It often has metallic foil, glitter or added plastics
- Some wrapping paper is very thin so doesn’t hold many good quality fibres
- And then there is the all the sticky tape!
It was only while I was searching for other eco-friendly craft supplies, that I discovered there is such a thing as eco-friendly sticky tape. Cellulose tape is made from a wood pulp, so it is bio-degradeable. Turns out that unlike the US, here in the UK we have easy access to eco-friendly sticky tape – Sellotape! They even get their wood pulp from suppliers with extensive reforestation programs. (Treehugger)
The pulp is made using a process, which is elemental chlorine free and does not harm the environment. At the Sellotape factory, the hot melt coating technology we employ minimises the use of solvents. Any solvents that are used are processed through our Thermal Oxidiser and recycled with the resultant heat being used in our drying ovens.The Range we also found recyclable gift bags! I’m not hugely fond of gift bags, but through our extended family they do get used over and over. So while made from virgin material, these pretty bags from Tom Smith can be used several times before being recycled.
So there we have several ways to reduce the environmental impact of Christmas morning!
Do you have any sustainable wrapping tricks?
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