Each year at around this time, Canadians purchase mountains of gift wrap, lovingly cover their gifts with it, and then unceremoniously dump it out. In Canada, the holiday season leads to a massive increase in waste, and wrapping paper is one of the main offenders. It tends to serve just a single purpose, and it usually gets trashed once it’s been used once.
The first way most of us seek to alleviate our conscience in this matter is to put used paper in a blue box, but it turns out wrapping paper is difficult (and sometimes impossible) to recycle. “The traditional Christmas wrap has extremely high ink content,”Jason Sherband, Thunder Bay’s manager of recycling services, has told the CBC. “It contains things like plastic and glitter and it also has a really low fibre content and it’s those things that mean it holds minimal value in the recycling process.”
According to the Regional District of Nanaimo, Canada’s annual waste from gift-wrap and shopping bags is about 545,000 tonnes. But there’s an easy solution. Instead of using un-recyclable gift wrap, why not make a simple change in your wrapping habits? There are lots of cute and practical ways to wrap gifts that don’t harm the Earth. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try your own wrapping methods. Your friends and family will appreciate the extra effort and your compassion for the planet. Need help? Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
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