This year we’re all excited about winter festivities, spending some quality time with the family and sharing gifts with loved ones. Despite all the joy that comes with the season, there’s usually also a whole lot of unnecessary plastic.
At Plastic Free Penzance, we share lots of ways we can keep tat and plastic to a minimum and reduce the throwaway bits that come with this time of year.
One of the easiest ways we can help reduce single use plastic and waste this Christmas is to opt for Plastic Free Gift Wrapping. There are many creative and fun ways to do this and to inspire you we’ve listed our top tips here.
We’re here to help too – so if you want us to do the wrap work for you, just head to our free Gift Wrap station at the town’s Christmas Fairs – details at the end.
Our top 5 tips on plastic free wrapping:
Reuse gift paper – If you’re like us and can’t bear to throw away perfectly usable gift paper, then save it for next year! If your old stuff is tatty, you could always opt for using things like newspapers, magazines or brown paper to wrap all your gifts, which can be easily recycled too.
Use ribbon or string instead of tape – We’re a big fan of ribbon and string, and not only does it look pretty on your presents, but it can be reused year after year and beats using plastic filled sellotape. And it makes all the brown paper and newspaper look pretty cool too.
Get your Furoshiki on – Say goodbye to any wrapping paper with this badass Japanese gift wrapping technique. A lesser known version of origami, this method involves using only fabric to wrap your gifts. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll never use paper again! If you want to learn for this Christmas, this easy to use guide can be found online below
Say goodbye to old Christmas cards – Finally, a use for those old Christmas cards that you’ve got stuffed in a drawer. Instead of buying present tags, create your own by cutting up old Christmas cards. You’ll also get some serious credit for making your own.
Get back to nature – Nature is pretty awesome and what better way to jazz up some wrapping paper than with some REAL holly or mistletoe? Take a trip to the woods and forage for some fallen foliage, or you could even pick up some pine cones to decorate your home. The world is your oyster.
We’ll be offering a plastic free gift wrapping service at the Christmas markets in Penzance throughout the festive season. Still to come:
- Saturday 4th December – we’ll be at the Penwith College Christmas Fair between 10am-2pm
- Saturday 18th December – we’ll be at the Makers Market at The Exchange all day, followed by the Lantern Parade
We’d love to see you there and we’re also offering plastic free gift wrapping ‘kits’ if you’d prefer to wrap your gifts at home.