For those who celebrate – A guide from the Guardian Unlimited on recyclable cards and wrapping, as well as some planet friendly alternatives:
It’s tempting to splurge on cards and wrapping paper at Christmas, but it doesn’t do the planet any favours. Hilary Osborne has some suggestions for gift-givers with a conscience.
One of the biggest sources of waste each Christmas is wrapping paper, with more than 8,000 tonnes being used each year – the equivalent of approximately 50,000 trees.
Wrapping presents is part of the festive ritual and it certainly wouldn’t be as much fun if you could see what you’d got as soon as you looked under the tree. But instead of picking up three jumbo rolls of paper on the high street, this year consider some greener ways to conceal your gifts….