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Alternative Christmas Wrapping

Here at The Selkie Collective we've decided to come up with some alternative Christmas wrapping ideas, to help you avoid the plastic bows, paper and tags but without missing out on any of the fun. We promise!

Well it's that time of year again we're starting to get our Christmas presents organised, we've been searching out local, crafted and sustainable gifts for friends, family and the shop. It's been a real pleasure to think sustainably this year, however, we have realised how difficult it is!

One area that we were shocked to discover how much waste is made each year is Christmas wrapping and cards. It is estimated that we use around 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year, a lot of that just ends up in our bins. Using all that paper means using a lot of sticky tape, estimates put this at around 40 million rolls of tape! That's a lot of plastic, and it can't be recycled. Then there are the cards people send to their friends and loved ones, it's averaged that each person will send approximately 17 cards each. Again most of these will end up in the bin, it's thought that up to 1 billion cards will end up in landfill and it takes 33 million trees to make that amount of cards. These numbers feel very overwhleming, so we thought we would come up with a few ideas to use some alternatives.