At Celsious we're not only all about laundry, we're also all about low waste living!
Leaving gifts unwrapped can be a tough ask because 1) people love the suspense and mystery of a wrapped gift, and 2) your family members—especially the little ones—might expect it. Here are six ways you can keep the tradition alive while reducing the amount of waste involved:
🎁 Use what you have
Before you buy new rolls of gift wrap, take a look around to see what you already have. There's probably half a roll of this or a quarter roll of that lying around in some forgotten closet corner. These leftovers might not go together perfectly, but that shouldn't stop you from trying to use every last bit!
🎁 Exercise care (don't tear)
It can feel really exciting to tear open a gift. But taking your time to unwrap slowly and carefully means you'll be able to reuse the wrapping paper again (and again).
🎁 Stay neutral
Choose wrapping paper that isn't holiday specific so that you can reach for it throughout the year, on any occasion. Consider neutral colors and patterns that are versatile!
🎁 Pay close attention
Watch out for elements that make wrapping paper not recyclable such as glitter, sequins and plastic ribbons. Opt instead to buy recyclable paper and twine or ribbon made of natural materials.
🎁 Get creative & resourceful
There are many things that can be used to wrap! Think: paper grocery bags, magazine pages, scarves, bandannas, handkerchiefs and other types of fabric. The brand Unwrp has cute and colorful reusable fabric wrap that we love!
For more fabric wrapping ideas, look up "furoshiki" on Google or Pinterest, which is what inspired Unwrp's fabric wraps. These traditional Japanese wrapping cloths are used to transport goods, and you'll love the myriad of ways a simple cloth can be tied into something beautiful and functional.
🎁 Don't overthink it!
Last, but not least: keep in mind that it's the intention behind the gift that's the most important, not the way it looks on the outside. 😉
Text by Mutia Adisoma
Photo courtesy of Unwrp