Consider the following scenario: It’s December 25th afternoon, and your living room is a jumble of wrapping paper, gift boxes, ribbons, and bows. So, what’s next?
My best suggestion is to prevent getting into this predicament in the first place by wrapping your gifts in a Zero Waste manner. There are numerous ways to wrap gifts beautifully utilizing recyclable, reusable, biodegradable, or natural materials. Don’t worry if you didn’t pursue the low-waste route this year; there’s always next year!
It’s crucial to remember that, no matter how tempting it may seem, you should only put things in the recycling bin if you’re sure they’re recyclable.
What’s the harm in that, right? When we throw non-recyclable goods into the blue bin and hope for the best, the rest of the container becomes contaminated. This frequently means that the entire recycling bin will be thrown out because it is easier to do so than to sort out all of the non-recyclable materials.
Bows are frequently fashioned with a combination of plastic-coated paper, staples, and sticky glue, making them difficult to recycle. Bows are therefore unappealing to paper mills and recycling plants, notwithstanding their aesthetic appeal.
The good news is that bows can be used again and over again. If they get less sticky, simply apply a layer of Kraft Tape to the bottom, and they’ll be as good as new.
It’s better to toss your bows if they’ve been warned down or aren’t remarkable enough to save.
Whether or not you can recycle wrapping paper is determined by the paper’s composition.
If you chose a glittering, glossy, metallic, cellophane, or velvety finish, it’s best to throw it away. These types of paper aren’t recyclable because they either don’t have enough paper fibers (called impostor paper) or have a thin layer of plastic covering them.
It is possible to recycle plain wrapping paper. Scrunching your wrapping paper into a ball is a smart way to see if it passes the blue bin test. It can be recycled if it scrunches.
The recyclability of gift bags, like wrapping paper, is determined by the bag’s substance. Your gift bag can be recycled if it is entirely made of paper. The bag cannot be recycled if it is sparkling, glossy, shiny, or velvety.
But don’t throw it away! Gift bags can be used over and over again. If a name was written on the name tag, simply clip it off and throw it; the bag will be as good as new. Toss the bag if it begins to rip and is no longer salvageable.
Sorry, I’m sure you’re sick of hearing this, but it all relies on the card’s material.
Cards made of pure paper can be recycled without difficulty. Toss the card if it contains a lot of sparkles (think: glitter, metallic embossing, etc.) or is printed on glossy photo paper.
You can also choose to use digital cards.
Cardboard is one of the greatest recyclable materials since it is clean and easy to reprocess. Every ton of reclaimed cardboard saves 17 trees from being cut down to manufacture new cardboard.
The most important thing to remember is to break them down into flat pieces when it comes to boxes. Otherwise, recycling trucks take up too much room, requiring several journeys and increased fossil fuel consumption.
It’s fine if your box has tape on it! A small amount of tape does not matter. Peel some of the plastic tapes off the box to make the recycling process go more smoothly.
Christmas is a very joyful moment that we love to spend with our families, but it is important that we still keep in mind that we have to protect the environment. Let us know in the comments how do you dispose of your wrapping papers…