So…my challenge this year is to send as little to landfill as possible this Christmas. I know it’s going to be difficult…but if I’m thinking about it maybe you are too.
I think the biggest impact could be wrapping paper. I have chosen this year to use recycled paper for my presents. I just bought a roll of recycled brown paper from WH Smith £4.99 for 12m. Which all in all…is cheaper per meter than your foiled Christmas paper. I have also bought recycled name tags and string all for a few quid. Great!
Now…making it Christmassy….
Being creatively minded, I’ve decided to use some water based paints to customize my wrapping paper. Not decided how yet.
I thought of using glitter but glitter isn’t good for the environment AND it’s a nightmare to get off your hands….so this needs some thought.
Trying to find something that is biodregradable…and Christmassy is really hard! Spray glitter…not good…glitter…basically a mirco-plastic.
Having now designed my paper ready for using, i’m rather impressed. I found some recycled string also to add a little bit of colour to my presents…and was feeling so good about myself…
HOWEVER! When I started wrapping- slightly cringing at the plastic my niece’s presents where coated in… wrapped the presents very neatly….THEN what did I use to secure the presents….SELLOTAPE! Omg! I never even considered sellotape before!
sellotape (Sticky tape) is manufactured using toxic oils and polyethylene, both are really bad for the environment- and are not recyclable
Therefore it doesn’t matter how eco my paper is, or my water based paints, my non-glitter designs and my natural heather decorations! I have had to use a toxic plastic to hold it all together!
I feel like I’ve totally failed this task! and although I have some really unique presents- that hopefully people appreciate- the whole purpose and ethics are for nothing.
Note to Self- Next year
- Recycled paper
- Water-based paint (For decoration)
- recycled twine/string
- Brown paper sticky tape
Its definitely a working progress. One small step for me…a giant leap into understanding how to be Ecological when it comes to Christmas. Damn!