Christmas Gift wrap rolls are so passé! Each year, the French buy 40 million rolls of gift wrap. These papers are largely non-recyclable at because of their glossy or plasticized finishes. Moreover, being single use, they go in the trash as soon as the gifts are unwrapped, generating more than 20,000 tons of waste just at Christmas … There are alternatives! Here’s a few good ideas that are ecological and economical.
A re-useable gift bag hand made by Sac(k)s by Lisa. These simple drawstring bags are made from upcycled fabrics. They come in a variety of sizes and are perfect for books, socks and all sorts of goodies. They can be ordered on https://store.fusac.fr/produit/gift-bags/ 4€ each.
Old maps & atlas pages make great gift wrap and even might inspire a trip. I was wrapping a book for a friend named Tristan and as I folded the page around the book I saw his name on an island. It was meant to be!
Color comics! Next time you are in the USA save some Sunday comics for gift wrap. If you bring them back to France they will be an unusual signature part of your gift and inspire conversation about an American past time.
Even just plain newspaper or the pages of an old book can be a great re-use look if you are willing to put some time in to do little cut outs or other decoraton. Read More
Paké, a French company has taken a Japanese concept and made it their own. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki, « the origami of fabric », and seeking to make each gift more ethical and unique, Paké launched reusable fabric gift wrappers in November 2019. It is a simple and eco-responsible way of giving. Plus the gift wrapping becomes an elegant element of the gift. Paké is 100% Made in France in the Loire. The looms work with 100% renewable energy and the fabric is from 100% recycled fibers from scrap and used cotton clothing as well as plastic waste (2 and 4 bottles for each paké). And of course it is zero waste. Their site offers single wrappings or sets in three sizes which will wrap items as large as a pair of shoes or a board game as well as tutorials to tie beautiful wrapping knots.