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Wrapping paper

(38 Posts)
Telly Sat 10-Nov-18 18:59:25

I like gift wrapping - even went on a course years ago! However it seems that wrapping paper is not recyclable. Thinking of using brown paper and some sort of ribbon but it does not seem very festive. What do you think? Sparkly or no??

GrannyGravy13 Sat 10-Nov-18 19:02:01

You can print designs on brown paper, add bows and foliage. I often use brown paper and "luggage" tags. Looks smart and neat and environmentally friendly.

kittylester Sat 10-Nov-18 19:02:05

I often use brown with lots of ribbon. I think it looks very smart!

merlotgran Sat 10-Nov-18 19:06:33

I didn't realise wrapping paper wasn't recyclable. Why on earth don't they come up with some that is? Surely it can't be that difficult?

HootyMcOwlface Sat 10-Nov-18 19:07:36

It’s not recyclable?! Ooo errr, I always have put it in my recycling bin! blush Feeling very guilty now, I didn’t know!

tanith Sat 10-Nov-18 19:37:09

We’re using brown paper this year dress it up nicely it will look lovely.

BBbevan Sat 10-Nov-18 19:43:57

I always use brown paper. But use a different coloured ribbon or string for each person. The piles of presents always look lovely

Chewbacca Sat 10-Nov-18 19:45:10

I have some festive rubber stamps (card maker here), and I stamp all over the "wrong" side of brown paper, in red or green before starting to wrap the gift, so that the design is even. I bought some green garden string and used that, with bits of holly; pressed leaves or other small foliage, tied to the parcel. All of it is cheap and 100%environmentally friendly.

M0nica Sat 10-Nov-18 19:56:29

I like undoing packages slowly and I recycle a lot of wrapping paper. The rest I twist into tight bundles and use to start the fire in the wood burner.

BlueBelle Sat 10-Nov-18 21:17:02

I never knew greeting paper wasn’t recyclable why not ?

phoenix Sat 10-Nov-18 21:22:13

I think that "ordinary" wrapping paper IS recyclable, but the foil type isn't.

(Could be wrong!)

Patsy70 Sat 10-Nov-18 21:23:05

Brown paper is very smart with contrasting ribbons, string, bows etc. I didn't realise gift wrap wasn't recyclable either - been putting it in my green bin for years shock!

BlueBelle Sat 10-Nov-18 21:25:20

Me too Patsy I can understnd the metallic one but ordinary wrapping paper ?? No ones told me it shouldn’t be going in the recycling bin

Patsy70 Sat 10-Nov-18 21:27:28

This recycling business is very confusing!

SueDonim Sat 10-Nov-18 21:49:50

This is a guide to what can and can't be recycled.

cornergran Sat 10-Nov-18 22:19:40

Our council says no metallic or glittery/sparkly paper can be recycled, ordinary printed paper can. Guess areas vary

BlueBelle Sat 10-Nov-18 22:28:08

Mine says that too Cornergran and that I can understand

Mapleleaf Sun 11-Nov-18 00:29:03

I was under the same impression, phoenix!

Telly Sun 11-Nov-18 11:47:31

To quote from the link - thanks SueDonim :

Wrapping paper is often dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives such as gold and silver coloured shapes, glitter, plastics etc which cannot be recycled
Some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibres for recycling
A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached to it which makes it very difficult to recycle.

Telly Sun 11-Nov-18 11:48:43

OK, you've convinced me to give it a try. Going to order some from a well known auction site. I did buy some kraft type ribbon from Tigger or whatever it is called. So we will see!!

Nannarose Sun 11-Nov-18 12:38:28

I use white tissue paper - it's useful for lots of things, and I tie with 'real' ribbon which I re-use.

shysal Sun 11-Nov-18 15:29:08

Brown paper parcels can be made to look very fancy. Last year I used sheets of snowflake stickers from Lidl, but probably made the wrapping non-recyclable blush. I have started card making recently so this year I shall use stamping, real foliage or die cuts. Lots of good ideas on Google search.

Granny23 Sun 11-Nov-18 16:05:47

I buy packs of 2 red pillowcases (£2 from ASDA ) Good for larger presents or as a Santa sack for several unwrapped small ones. Tied with real ribbon and with a large label cut from last year's Cards, they are totally recycleable. I also use Christmas themed carrier bags from Supermarkets and stores and, for tiny presents, print out designs via the computer on ordinary printer paper - all recycleable.

notanan2 Sun 11-Nov-18 16:42:01

If you add a lot of paint or glitter etc to brown paper it becomes unrecyclable.

You can buy paper tape that can go in with the recycling instead of selotape.

Brown paper is very festive, looks so victorian.

I sometimes bypass wrapping paper completely by making part of the present the wrapping (a scarf/tea towel/re-usable bag etc)

notanan2 Sun 11-Nov-18 16:53:25

Wikos usually has some nice festive print reusable shopping bags in various sizes that make a good replacement for disposable (and un-recyclable) gift bags. Sainsbury's has some smart looking ones too that look like gift bags