Wrap Up For Christmas

Bespoke, sustainable and affordable- here at Positive Luxury, we will be eco-wrapping our gifts this Christmas. Over the festive period, as much as 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will be binned in Britain, according to www.wasteonline.org.uk – enough to cover an area larger than Guernsey. A huge amount of energy and water is used to make wrapping paper, so even recycled wrapping paper might not be the most sustainable option.

We all want our trees to be piled high with beautifully embellished presents on Christmas morning and eco-wrapping enables this important gift-giving experience while eliminating the waste. Make an impact and inspire others to do the same with our top eco-wrapping tips.

Fabric

Fabric gift wrapping is a unique and sustainable alternative to traditional wrapping paper and can be reused for years to come. Shop around for beautiful, all-natural fabrics such as organic cotton, silk or hemp- the mixture of fabric and patterns will create an aesthetically pleasing display under your tree. Even recycled fabric such as old T-shirts will work.

A great way of making your presents a true work of art is by emulating techniques used with furoshiki, traditional Japanese wrapping cloths. Some of these fun and creative ways of wrapping have been used in the Far East for hundreds of years, and they are becoming popular globally as people become increasingly environmentally aware.

Paper Perfect

Add a touch of vintage chic to your gifts by elegantly wrapping them in newspaper. You can personalise each gift by choosing a section of the paper relevant to the receiver- for a football fanatic, use the sports section, for a fashionista, the style pages. Brown paper bags make a classic package and leftover wallpaper, old posters and maps will create unique and interesting wrappings.

Natural Selection

Adorn your sustainably wrapped presents with natural items such as sprigs of holly, leaves, shells or pinecones. Avoid using tape, which is often petroleum based and hard to recycle- instead tie old ribbons, shoelaces and string around your gifts.

Amelia Williams

Amelia is a fashion and lifestyle journalist who has written for a range of on and offline publications. After graduating from the London College of Fashion she went on to work in PR and gained experience on consumer magazines. She is currently a contributor for Positive Luxury.