With Christmas, marking the birth of Jesus Christ being round the corner, preparations and celebrations have already begun. From choosing the right gift for the loved ones to preparing delicacies, the festive cheer brings in a lot of things. But amidst all this, we generate a lot of waste, especially plastic waste. Wrapping paper we use to pack gifts, sweets is highly dangerous for our environment.
About 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste is produced in India daily, of which about 9,000 tonnes is recycled. The remaining waste clutters landfills and clogs drains. While people across the world continue to find ways to fight plastic menace, the question that arises is, what are we doing to combat plastic woes?
This Christmas you can make a difference and be the change by opting to celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly manner. Here are 5 ways in which you can wrap the gift without harming the mother Earth.
1. Move Over Plastic
Ditch those shiny, glittery plastic wrapping papers and opt for eco-friendly wrapping paper. Eco-friendly wrapping papers are not only a healthy alternative for our land, but also come in different designs, which are quirky and unique. Eco-friendly wrapping papers are widely used nowadays so you can get it easily from any stationary shop.
2. Canvas Bag: An Easy Alternative
Canvas bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes so you can choose one according to your gift. They are thick, strong and durable and therefore they can come handy in everyday use. These bags won’t even cost you much.
3. Dorn That Creative Hat And DIY
What’s the point of spending your hard earned money on wrapping papers when they will end up in some or the other dustbin. Get creative and do something with the available resources. Bring out all the old newspapers, magazines, maps, calendars and use them to wrap the gift. If you are gifting something to a traveler than maps will be the best choice to wrap a gift. If you don’t have magazines or maps, don’t worry, simply wrap the gift in a newspaper and place the picture of the person to make it more personalised.
4. Combine Comics With Brown Paper
A little bit of efforts goes a long way so get creative and show your love. Use brown covers to wrap the gift and decorate it with characters from comics or paste some funny dialogues. You can even write the name of your loved one using cut outs from comics.
5. Simplicity Is The Real Beauty
If you are not a creative person and like simple things than wrap the gift in a brown paper and tie a ribbon around it. You can either decorate it using string, bells, candy cane, paper balls or simply paint something on it. If you wish to keep it even simpler than try your hands at calligraphy to write the name of the person.