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Best Recyclable Wrapping Paper For Christmas Gifts

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a stash of beautifully wrapped presents tucked under the tree, but our penchant for pretty packaging isn’t especially environmentally-friendly. Although paper is widely recyclable, a lot of gift wrap is made with shiny foil and glitter, which can’t be recycled – so it has to go in the bin.

One study found that Brits will get through 108 million rolls of wrapping paper over the festive season – that’s four rolls per household – or enough to go around the world 22 times!

Fortunately, there is a lot of bright and beautiful wrapping paper out there that doesn’t have to end up in landfill, much of which has been made from recycled paper itself. Click through to see our top picks.

Trendy recyclable wrapping paper

The Doodle Factory
amazon.co.uk

£11.99

So, this isn’t Christmassy in the slightest, but it would be a great option for wrapping up your arty friend or family member’s gift in a way they’d enjoy. 

Scandi Love Recyclable Wrapping Paper & Tags

Little Green Wrapping Co
amazon.co.uk

If your tastes run more Scandinavian, this grey hued recycled wrapping paper will ensure your presents fit with your interiors scheme when nestled under the tree. 

Recycled wild Foxgloves wrapping paper

Not so festive, but still beautiful. This recyclable wrapping paper would be good adorning the Christmas gifts of your green-fingered friends and family members. 

Blush Speckle Reversible Wrapping Paper

Cox & Cox
coxandcox.co.uk

£13.50

For a Scandi chic Christmas, blush pink, gold and grey is a winning colour combination. 

Recycled wrapping paper

Re-wrapped
amazon.co.uk

£6.85

Who says you need glitter or foil to make proper starry-print wrapping paper?

Red & Gold Kraft Reversible Wrapping Paper

Cox & Cox
coxandcox.co.uk

£12.50

This paper is reversible, so your gifts will look complementary together without being too matchy-matchy. 

Rose Gold Splatter Wrapping Paper

Cox & Cox
coxandcox.co.uk

£13.50

Black isn’t the most immediately festive colour that springs to mind, but this recyclable wrapping paper looks smart and luxurious – and the rose gold adds a Christmassy gleam.  

Alpine Snowflakes Reversible Wrapping Paper

Cox & Cox
coxandcox.co.uk

£13.50

Here’s another reversible option, so your gifts will all complement each other perfectly under the tree.  

Peace On Earth Three Christmas Wrapping Paper Sheets

Rifle Paper Co.
Rifle Paper Co.

£8.50

We love Rifle Paper Co’s bold illustrations and the angelic design on this recyclable wrapping paper is no exception.

Holiday Snow Scene Three Christmas Wrapping Paper Sheets

Rife Paper Co
trouva.com

£8.50

This beautiful gift wrap will look good under your tree and can be safely popped in your recycling bin after the festivities are through. 

Winter Botanics Berries Wrapping Paper

The Art File
trouva.com

£8.50

For a bold look, we like this wintery berries paper from The Art File.  

Holiday Lights Three Christmas Wrapping Paper Sheets

Rifle Paper Co.
trouva.com

£8.50

All the twinkly lights everywhere is one of the best parts of Christmas – recreate this magic on your presents with this paper. 

Organic Cotton Wrap Blocks Print

If you’d prefer to reuse gift wrap, rather than simply recycle, then consider using a fabric wrap over paper. They’re simple to use and there are plenty of ways to tie them.

Ginger cat eco recycled wrapping paper

BlankInsideDesign
Etsy

£2.37

Wrap your gifts for all the cat people in your life with this ginger cat-print recycled wrapping paper. Purchase by the sheet so you don’t waste any, should a whole pack not be needed. Matching gift tags are also available. 

Recycled eco-friendly gift wrap

Re-wrapped
amazon.co.uk

£6.85

This smart festive paper has been made entirely from recycled materials and can be recycled after use too. It’s a good plastic-free option too, as its sealed in biodegradable wrap for protection and delivered in a sturdy brown paper envelope.

Mixed eco wrapping paper

BlankInsideDesign
Etsy

£7.11

If you favour an eclectic mishmash under your tree, this set of eco-friendly wrapping paper sheets is a good option. Choose how many sheets you want and which patterns – there are seven to choose from. 

Recyclable wrapping paper

Re-wrapped
amazon.co.uk

£6.85

We’re not sure why red squirrels feel so festive here, but why not?

Recyclable wrapping paper

Re-wrapped
amazon.co.uk

£6.85

If you pick this paper, you can decorate both your tree and underneath with vibrant baubles. 

Eco-friendly gift wrap

Re-wrapped
amazon.co.uk

£6.85

So, robins are usually brown, but this bird-printed wrapping paper is very sweet nonetheless.

Christmas wrapping paper

Bright Stem
amazon.co.uk

£11.90

Give your presents a wow-factor finish with this vibrant wrapping paper. It’s made in the UK from 100% recycled paper. Each pack contains six sheets and 12 tags.

Copper wrapping paper

Cox & Cox
coxandcox.co.uk

£12.50

Going green doesn’t mean you have to compromise on shine at Christmas. This glowing copper gift wrap is recyclable and FSC certified – and you get a generous 10m per roll. 

Christmas Carrot Wrapping Paper Set

Clara & Macy
notonthehighstreet.com

£4.75

Kids will love this fun wrapping paper with matching tags. 

Orange batik fabric gift wrap

Fabric Wrapping Co
fabricwrappingco.com

US$10.00

Finished with pom-poms, these silky fabric wraps are an elegant and unusual alternative to traditional Christmas wrap.

Avocado Christmas roll wrap

Paperchase
£3.75

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Avocados are delicious, healthy – and also recyclable, if you buy this wrapping paper.

Merry Christmas recyclable wrapping paper

Paperchase
paperchase.com

£6.00

Big family? You’ll need a bumper pack of wrapping paper. This 10m roll is for you. 

Recyclable Christmas Wrapping Paper

ClareGrayMakes
etsy.com

US$2.95

We love Clare Gray’s understated take on Christmas. Think muted colours and unconventional takes on festive motifs, like this abstract candy cane design.

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Christmas Wrapping Paper: The Eco Friendly Guide

Christmas is the season of giving. And Christmas wrapping paper is a huge part of the whole experience. Yes, you can buy the traditional Hallmark wrapping paper, or you can try something different. A little more eco friendly.

This Green Guide to Christmas Wrapping Paper lays out the traditional vs. alternatives to see how and where you can make a difference this year.

Christmas Wrapping Paper Quick Facts

The sheer volume of Christmas wrapping paper used each year is staggering. It’s important to keep this in mind when shopping for your next roll (if you do at all). The following quick facts have been taken from various up to date sources and highlight why we seriously need to reconsider our wrapping paper habits.

Volume & Environmental Impact

Here are some of the environmental statistics and numbers that are worth knowing when it comes to wrapping paper.

  • The amount of wrapping paper used and thrown away for Christmas in the UK alone is 226,800 miles [365,000km] (enough to stretch nine times around the world.
  • This is equal to every household using 4 rolls each
  • Each year (in the UK) it costs around £168 million ( USD$216 million) of taxpayer dollars to dispose of Christmas wapping waste into landfills
  • In the USA an additional 4 million tons of waste (wrapping paper and shopping bags) are generated every holiday season (that’s over half a million elephants in weight).
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, gift wrapping sales in the U.S. totaled $9.36 billion in 2010 (more than the combined GDP of Africa’s 9 poorest countries). 

Christmas paper is single-use

Wrapping paper might seem like a harmless seasonal novelty. It’s only paper, right?

In most cases, the answer is no. Christmas wrapping paper is particularly notorious for being blended with plastic and glitter. This combination makes it unrecyclable. It means that (generally) wrapping paper is used once (single use). As our landfills overflow with trash we simply don’t have space or capacity to keep creating single-use items.

They are far too taxing on our resources and environment.

Christmas Wrapping Paper Alternatives

What we’re seeing around the world at Christmas time are huge amounts of waste produced. The current system is overloading our waste capabilities and putting significant strain on the environment. However, there are some great alternatives out there. When spending Christmas in Aspen Colorado and used recycled newspaper to wrap gifts, and in the Caribbean island, Grenada, we used banana leaves to wrap our presents.

Christmas is the season of giving. So let’s give our planet a break.

Eco friendly Christmas Wrapping Ideas

The best way to be eco friendly this Christmas season is to think along the following lines that “less is more”.

Like all things waste-related, the aim is to:

  • Reduce – less number of gifts (quality/thoughtfulness over quantity means less wrapping), or gifts that art necessarily a physical object (a gift certificate for an experience for example).
  • Reuse – can you reuse last year’s wrapping? Or any other kind of material (ideas explained shortly)
  • Recycle – using materials that are truly recyclable can significantly reduce our ever-growing waste piles!

Wrapping paper is widely used and therefore has become the mainstream/norm, however, there are other creative ways that you can “wrap” or present a gift during the festive season that can be much more personalised.

The following ideas can be implemented as an alternative to traditional wrapping paper.

Eco friendly gift wrapping options

  • Kraft paper
  • Newspaper
  • Literally any other kind of used paper
  • Used Boxes
  • Second-hand Fabric

How to make Christmas wrapping paper

If you are going to go with a paper option, it’s best to start with something used (to save buying new – it’s cheaper and creates less waste).

1. Newspaper

Newspaper is widely available and in many cases can be found as scrap for free. It makes excellent wrapping paper and can easily be turned into a stylish piece with the addition of some string and a leaf or two.

2. Use Brown Kraft Paper

Brown Kraft paper made from recycled paper is a great option if you want to buy something new. The recycled paper means that there is less going to landfill.

Brown not might sound like the most festive option for decorating or getting that festive look. But there are lots of simple ways that you can get creative and add a Christmasy feel.

Add an artistic touch:

  • Rubber stamps are a great choice. You can buy them from most craft stores
  • Alternatively, you can make your own potato stamps!
    • Potatoes are great because you can easily cut them into shape and they hold paint so that it will stick to any surface
    • Cut a potato in half. Use a cookie cuter to cut out a shape (or just freestyle a shape). Stick some paint on it and you have a zero waste stamp.

3. Used Fabric

Got a worn t-shirt or scarf that you’re tired of? Try cutting it and using it to wrap your gift.

If not, you can always try a thrift store. There are normally great, cheap finds in the bins with a selection of old scarfs and handkerchiefs that make great wraps!

You can wrap your gift using the Japanese Furoshiki style:

  • Cut the fabric so it is square in shape and large enough to cover your gift
  • Place the gift in the middle of the square (diagonally)
  • Fold the top and bottom corners over the gift and tie up the other two corners in a knot

4. Glass Jars

Old pasta sauce jars and mason jars are great for any small gifts that can fit in it. There’s a whole range of DIY mason jar gift ideas, from planting little succulents in them, to making edible gifts!

5. Reusable bags

There are so many different reusable bags out there now. Some are made with Christmas patterns. These can be used over and over again!

Eco Friendly Christmas Wrapping Paper By Wrappily

Wrappily uses recycled newspaper and prints beautiful patters with a soy-based ink on both sides to create a stunning reversible design. They are recyclable and compostable in backyard and industrial facilities.

Eco Friendly Wrapping Paper on Amazon

If you are going to buy Christmas wrapping paper this season, Kraft wrapping paper is an environmentally friendly option, because it can be recycled and reused, and you can also find some Kraft paper that is made from recycled waste pulp.

Eco friendly tape on Amazon

There is an “eco-friendly” tape option. It is 60% bio-based material and solvent-free. This makes a much better option than traditional, clear sticky tape.

Use string/twine over plastic ribbons and bows

Twine on brown paper (with a piece of left or branch) looks great! Avoid those plastic ribbons that cannot be recycled due to their glue!

Traditional Christmas Wrapping Paper Options

There are many off the shelf Christmas wrapping paper options. Large companies have been making this stuff for generations and know how to make it cheap. Here are some of the traditional style wrapping paper and why they aren’t eco-friendly.

Target Christmas Wrapping Paper

Target has a large selection of wrapping paper. You can search by category of print style pattern (Santa, Animals, Plaid, Trees, Snowman) or scroll through them all.

Product:

They have two different brands on sale, Sugar Paper, and Wondershop.

Sugar Paper is based in Los Angeles and makes “boutique” pieces. However, in their team-up with Target they have an imported product (assuming to keep the prices low, but keep the name). They do note that paper has FSC certification, which ensures “that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits”. Wondershop is Target’s own US brand, though some pieces are also imported.

Price:

Both are priced similar with 4 rolls at $10 to $15 USD, while individual rolls are priced at $5 to $6 USD. Note that the Sugar Paper rolls are generally 30 sq ft and the Wondershop is 40 to 50 sq ft.

Eco Friendly?

While the Sugar Paper does have the FCS certification, all of the options have shiny/reflective prints on the paper. This means that the paper will not recycle (paper & plastic/metallic mix).

They do have one option set from Wondershop that offers plain brown paper (with one roll of red plain paper). This paper could be recycled. This is priced at $10 USD for the two rolls.

Screenshot from Target.com

Hallmark Christmas Wrapping Paper

Hallmark has a huge range of Christmas wrapping paper with a total of 94 options under the wrapping paper section (this includes different combinations of wrapping styles).

You can search by:

  • Feature – gloss, foil, glitter, etc.
  • Character – children’s cartoon characters (Harry Potter to Frosty the Snowman, etc.)
  • Theme – rustic, sci-fi, winter wonderland, etc.

Product:

There is little detail about where the paper comes from, however, it does state that paper comes from “well-managed forest”

Price:

The average price is $4.99 per 45sq ft roll (however, there are discounts on most products to buy one and get 50% of another).

Eco friendly?

Not particularly. All the styles have significant amounts of material shine over the paper which means that there is a significant amount of plastic mixed into the paper to make it unable to be recycled.

Screenshot from Hallmark.com (note that the $2.99 item in name tags)

Walmart Christmas Wrapping Paper

Walmart, not surprisingly, has a huge range of Christmas wrapping paper. Their site has over 900 options that come under the search term, wrapping paper.

You can search through the options via:

  • Colour
  • Price
  • Availability
  • Top Brands/user favourites/best sellers

Products:

There are approximately 100 different brands of Christmas wrapping paper stocked on the website (one of which includes Hallmark). This lends itself to a variety of quality and styles.

Price:

On average the price is still around $5 per roll based on a 30sq. ft (per roll)

Eco friendly?

Out of all the hundreds of options, there are only a couple that is aren’t covered in decorative shine. One option is by “JAM” which is straight white, matt finish paper. However, is quite expensive at $20 for 50 sq. ft. While Walmart has A LOT of options they’re not a great eco friendly choice.

Screenshot from Walmart.comScreenshot from Walmart.com

Current Catalog

Current Catalog has a Christmas wrapping paper section on their website with around 50 different options. Products are displayed (mostly) with varying prices. This is indicating that the lower ($2.99) option is for the tags and the remaining is for the paper itself.

You can search for the options under the following categories:

  • Price
  • Alphabetical Order (if you know what brand you are looking for)

Products:

There is limited information on the brands or the background information of the products, however, most of the printed paper states that it is printed in the USA.

Price:

  • Rolls are priced at $8.99 and are 67 sq. ft
  • 2 Rolls are $7.99 each
  • 3 Rolls are $6.99 each

Eco friendly?

They do have plain Kraft paper options in varying colours. Without more information on the paper background it is hard to say more about the eco friendly-ness of the source. However, like all of the shiny printed options, those with metallic and plastic finishes cannot be recycled.

Screenshot from Current Catalog Website

A brief history on Christmas wrapping paper

To give you a better idea on just how wrapping paper is made here are some quick facts about the process:

  • It’s believed that the act of gift-giving at Christmas originated from the biblical story of the Three Kings
  • Christmas wrapping paper as we know it began in the Victorian times of England where small intricate boxes and cards were printed (exclusively for the wealthy)
  • This all changed with the development of the flexography process in 1890. The new machines allowed long streams of paper to be printed around rolls with rubber stamps.

How is Christmas wrapping paper made?

This is a simplified version of the production process to give you an idea of just what is involved in the wrapping paper process.

  • Wrapping paper, like all paper, comes from trees. Logs are cut and pulped, then bleached to create a white paper base.
  • Companies will buy their base paper from one source and inks from another, then add the two together with their unique designs.
  • The base paper runs through a roller with detailed designs and ink, gloss, metallic elements are all added.

When does Christmas wrapping paper go on sale?

We really only need Christmas printed paper once a year. Knowing this, companies often include discounted prices in the sales (i.e. state that their price is discounted for Christmas special, but they only ever sell at Christmas time anyway and the price already has the discounted budget in their advertising).

Where to buy Christmas Wrapping Paper

More and more online shopping options are available. As mentioned above, you can purchase wrapping from major vendors online (Target, Walmart, Hallmark, etc.), but during the season it seems impossible to get away from colourful rolls.

Is Christmas wrapping paper recyclable?

Can you recycle wrapping paper? It depends. Here is what you need to know when considering the answer to this question:

  • Is the paper actually paper only?
    • A lot of wrapping paper has shiny/glittery embed shapes or details. This is a mix of paper and plastic (this cannot be recycled)
    • If you have non shiny paper (even with a print) it can be recycled in many places
  • Is the paper covered in tape?
    • Paper with tape on it is “contaminated” and will not be able to be recycled
    • You have to physically remove the tape (on not use tape at all!)
  • Where you live matters
    • Not all towns have the facilities to recycle (at all) or some have limited capabilities/sizes etc.
    • You have to check with you local council to see if you can recycle in your area
  • Bows and ribbons are a no-no for recycling. Anything with glue cannot be recycled.

In the US? Can you recycle wrapping paper?

Recology, a San Francisco-based recycling company that operates in California, Oregon and Washington state says “don’t worry about getting all the tape off before you toss it in the bin, Tape’s okay.” But in general tape is not OK. It is a contamination of the paper recycling process.

In the UK? Can you recycle?

You’ll need to check with your local authority. To find out which one takes your recycling, click here for England and Northern Ireland, here for Wales and here for Scotland.

How to recycle Christmas wrapping paper

  1. Don’t use ribbons, bows, glitter or glue
  2. Ensure the paper is not laminated with plastic (no shine/doesn’t unfold during scrunch test)
  3. Check your local council/community for their recycling options

Try the scrunch test

An easy way to check (and remember) is to do the “scrunch test”. In theory, if you scrunch wrapping paper and it stays crumbled, it is more likely paper. If it unfolds itself, there is plastic embedded/mixed into the paper itself.

It is the mix of paper and plastics/glitters/shine that cannot be recycled.

>> Got extra bags with your Christmas shopping? Click here to learn how to recycle plastic bags or plastic bag alternatives.

Where to donate Christmas wrapping paper

While wrapping paper may be taken with gratitude, if you are going to donate any items at Christmas time, toys would be preferred over wrapping paper.

The Toys for Tots organisation takes donations leading up to Christmas time. Here is how you can donate.

Choose your Christmas Wrapping and Gifts Wisely

There are some staggering numbers in this post. It brings home the fact that we really do need to curb our festive season habits. When considering your Christmas wrapping paper this season, think about the choosing a greener option:

  1. Try to reuse any paper that you already have
  2. Pick a brown Kraft paper, or one that doesn’t have glitter or shine on the paper itself (not blended with plastic)
  3. Make your own decorations using potato stamps or small leaf cuttings (instead of plastic bows)
  4. Recycle where you can

Eco Friendly Gift Ideas

If you are going to buy gifts this holiday season, try something a little more sustainable. There are so many amazing eco products out there. No matter what kind of gift you are looking for there are ways to choose smarter.

Eco Friendly Toiletries

Here are some eco friendly toiletries ideas for greener gifts:

>> Click here for the ultimate guide to eco friendly toiletries, which covers a wide range of products!

Eco Travel Gifts

Almost everyone in our modern world travels to some degree. Whether it’s across the Pacific Ocean, across state lines or even a short commute to work. There are some great products out there which make eco travel that little bit easier.

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Christmas Packaging Facts (2021): A Wide Range of Eye Opening Stats

It’s easy to forget about packaging during the festive season.

With the presents stacked high and the smell of turkey and Christmas pudding making its way through the house, its unlikely many of us will turn our thoughts toward the packaging of all of these gifts, food and pleasantries.

However, when you start looking at the facts and figures associated with Christmas packaging, it can be both surprising and eye opening.

This article therefore sets out a wide selection of Christmas packaging facts. These are broken down into a number of distinct topics, whilst there are a number of tips on how you can minimise waste and increase recycling during the festivities.

For many of us, overindulging in food (and / or drink!) is our favourite part of the Christmas season. However, the amount and type of packaging that these foods use is often given little thought.

As such, we’ve curated the below list of food packaging facts for you.

It is estimated that 10 million turkeys were consumed last Christmas. This also means over 3,000 tonnes of turkey packaging was be used.

Taking this into account, 125,000 tonnes of plastic wrapping used for food will also be discarded over the festive period.

The UK alone will eat 25 million Christmas puddings, the majority of which will be packaged in some form of plastic and cardboard packaging.

Besides this, Brits eat 175 million mince pies. Putting this in perspective, 1 million mince pie cases equates to 1 tonne of aluminium material.

A popular choice for seasonal party food is crisps. But did you know that all crisp packets made in the UK have a Saturday expiry date (this is due to manufacturing days if you were wondering)?

Despite all of this increased consumption, UK residents will waste 54 million platefuls of food during December.

Besides this, Seven in 10 people will readily admit to buying far more food than they need.

Perhaps the worst offender is the turkey, with around two thirds reporting that at least some it usually ends up in the bin.

What this means in practice is that the equivalent of a whole plateful of food will end up going to waste on Christmas Day (along with at least another plateful in days immediately after).

As many as 500 million canned drinks are sold over the festive period (on top of the baseline sales figures).

Recycling just one of these aluminium cans saves enough energy to run a set of Christmas tree lights for two whole hours!

Talking of drinks, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Coca Cola. But were you aware they began marketing and packaging for Christmas as far back as the 1920’s? One of their first adverts even featured Santa Claus drinking a Coke.

Taking into account wine and other bottled drinks, 13,350 tonnes of glass is binned every year during December and January. If all of this was recycled it could save 4,200 tonnes of CO2 – the same as taking 1,300 cars off the road every year.

Overdone it on the alcohol? A common remedy is to have a strong coffee in the morning. But were you aware that delightful aroma you smell after opening a jar is actually a result of a special type of spray fragrance used under the lid?

As the section above shows a lot of packaging (and waste) is generated just by Christmas food and drink alone.

However, the amount of packaging used – and potentially discarded – doesn’t stop there.

This next section highlights some of the other forms of packaging or material usage that is heightened during the Christmas season.

Consumers in the UK will use 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year – over 83km2 of this will end up in our bins.

This in turn means that the average household will get through four rolls of wrapping paper.

On a slightly related note, the traditional Christmas colours (and so often used on wrapping paper) are greens, reds and golds. But did you know the human eye can distinguish more shades of green than any other colour?

All of this wrapping paper creates a need for a lot of sticky tape as well – with some estimates putting this at around 40 million rolls!

This is the equivalent of a roll-and-a-half of sticky tape being used per household!

The toys and gifts that this paper is used to wrap also generate a large amount of packaging. But saying that, 80% of toy packaging is usually made from both paper and card – both of which are fully recyclable

Other estimates suggest that only 1% of household packaging is toy packaging.

A lot of these toys will need batteries to work (much to many frantic parents chagrin on Christmas morning). Factoring in these and other gifts, people in the UK will use 189 million batteries over Christmas (and throw away seven batteries over this period).

At least one of the gifts you order online will have used bubble wrap as a protective layer for shipping, but did you know its original purpose was to be used as textured wallpaper!

Got a new iPhone or iPad? Your new apple device packaging has been specially designed in a dedicated secret room for packaging only at Apple Headquarters in California.

On average, each person in the UK will send / receive 17 Christmas cards

However, other estimates say that an average of 24 Christmas cards will also be discarded once the festive period is over

It takes 1 tree to make 3,000 Christmas cards. Using the first estimate, 1 tree is only enough for 176 people to send cards to their loved ones.

This then means that 1 billion Christmas Cards will end up in bins – the equivalent of 33 million trees!

The total amount of Christmas cards sent, along with other card packaging used over Christmas, could cover big ben 260,000 times.

That being said, that this 300,000 tonnes of card packaging is equal to a return between London and Lapland 103 times!

We often discard rubbish without a second thought – not just at Christmas but, at any given time of the year. This means there are some informative (and arguably depressing) facts displaying exactly how much is thrown away.

An extra 30% of rubbish is produced and discarded throughout the festive period when compared with the rest of the year.

This additional waste will be in the region of 3 million tonnes.

Part of this will be the 54 million platefuls of food wasted over the period (as highlighted previously)

The UK will also throw away approximately 500 tonnes of Christmas lights each year!

12,000 tonnes of the total waste will be the 8 million Christmas Trees which people have bought specifically for the period.

14 per cent of people will even be binning their fake Christmas tree in any given year.

In addition approximately £42 million of unwanted Christmas presents are thrown out in landfill each year

Brits will also bin what equates to 108 million rolls of wrapping paper

Whilst it is also estimated that three-and-a-half black bags full of packaging will be thrown out per household.

This means that approximately 100 million black bags full of packaging from toys and gifts are discarded.

400,000 tonnes of both paper and card / cardboard packaging packaging weren’t collected for recycling from UK households in 2014 – even though they could have been.

Our friends across the pond are no better – with Americans throwing away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year’s than any other period throughout the year.

Total plastic packaging consumption in the United States also adds up to be over 125,000 tons every holiday season.

Back in the UK, six in ten people say they don’t feel guilty about what they throw away over the festive period.

But, one in ten has rows with their family because of the amount of waste they produce.

Just one single tonne of landfill costs £56 in taxes – this year’s potential tax bill for the disposal of the plastic, card, foil and other materials could reach up to £168 million.

Every UK council in the UK will accept paper for recycling, whilst 98% will accept card for recycling too.

However, many UK councils are now rejecting bins containing glitter altogether, deeming the entire load to be ‘contaminated’ (as glitter can clog up recycling machinery, and contaminate the recycled material which becomes unsellable).

Hallmark, manufacturers of gift wrap and greetings cards, claim to use 100% recycled content for the cores of wrapping paper.

But, damningly, the company suggests that while they have experimented with using recycled materials in their products, the results amongst consumers have been less than popular.

The amount we choose to either recycle or discard has a direct impact on our environment.

So, not only this year but every year, why not consider the environmental impact of the products you consume with these thought-provoking sustainability facts.

One recycled plastic bottle saves enough energy to power a 60W light bulb for six hours.

But if you recycle one glass bottle, you will save enough energy to run a 100W bulb for 4 hours.

If every single newspaper was recycled, it would save 250 million trees every year.

However, the average family throws away 6 trees of paper – if all of this was recycled it would require 70% less energy than making it from raw materials.

Just one tonne of recycled paper would save 17 trees, 18.7 square foot of landfill space and a huge 4,000 kilowatts of electricity.

If you were to drive a mile less per day, or turned your thermostat down by two degrees, you’d save enough energy to make the packaging for an average household’s whole year’s supply of packaged goods.

Recycling a single glass jar will save enough energy to power an iPad for 15 days.

On the subject of glass jars, they are now on average 30% lighter than they were in 1980.

Cans have also reduced material usage over the last 20 years – the thinnest part of an aluminium can is the same thickness as a human hair.

Aluminium tins / cans can also be recycled over and over with no limit – it takes just 60 days for a can to be recycled and made into a new one.

Household packaging waste is on average 20% by weight of the contents of your rubbish bin. However, when compressed in landfill all sources of packaging accounts for less than 5% by weight of the total waste.

Following the introduction of the 5p charge, plastic carrier bags now make up only 0.06% of waste sent to landfill.

Up to 70% of our waste can be recycled or reused… read below for our top tips on how to recycle this Christmas.

Recycling bin filling up too quick? Save on space by dropping items at your local recycling centre on your way to work or dropping the kids off – follow Recycle Now to find your nearest recycling location.

Save more space by flattening cardboard boxes / containers.

Remove the bows and ribbons before recycling wrapping paper – flattening this into a nice neat pile will also save you additional space.

All food should be emptied from card, paper, glass and tins to eliminate the risk of the recycling being rejected, although, you don’t need to be overly thorough.

Any card or paper with glitter on should not be recycled.

Remember to do the scrunch test – as not all types of wrapping paper can be recycled. The easiest way to determine this is to scrunch the wrapping paper in your hand, and if the paper remains scrunched it’s recyclable. If it springs back it’s more than likely to be covered with a plastic film which can’t be recycled.

All plastic bottles can be recycled, including shampoos, body washes etc.

Additionally, it’s not just cans and tins that can be recycled – most metallic items are also recyclable (this includes empty deodorants and even kitchen foil).

Finally, make it easier for loved ones to recycle by wrapping your gifts in brown paper and jazz up with stamps / ribbons etc. Alternatively, you can source 100% environmentally friendly / recycled wrapping paper from various companies.

The industrial revolution sparked the need for products to be protected as trading took off – 3 centuries later and packaging has evolved into the innovative product we see today.

The section below contains packaging facts that show how widespread packaging is in the present day.

Cardboard was first made in 1856 and has been used for custom shipping boxes– since 1903. This means that for more than a century, tailored shipping boxes have been a part of everyday life.

Today, the average person in the UK will handle over 50 types of packaging every single day.

Shoppers will form impressions of a brand within seven seconds. Custom branded boxes and retail packaging with a positive brand image will help to drive sales of these products.

52% of online shoppers, however, are more likely to purchase products again from the same company if the ecommerce packaging is personalised.

Additionally, these consumers will spend an average of 30% more online if shipping is included for free.

Whereas consumers who shop in-store are more likely to impulse buy a product without first researching it. Packaging can directly influence the decision to purchase one product over a competitors.

30% of businesses find that consumer interest rises when they pay attention to the details of their packaging

We demonstrate a proven track record in supporting the environment throughout all aspects of our business, maintaining environmentally friendly procedures.

Alongside our ISO 14001 accreditation, GWP has also installed automatic waste collection in order to dynamically encourage a waste- free manufacturing and designing process.

We also use initiative to provide environmentally friendly designs such as our eco-bins and fully recyclable packaging.

GWP Group also takes a universal approach to sustainable packaging by reducing waste where possible by adhering to three main steps.

We actively seek new ways to reduce the extent of material that we use when designing and manufacturing our bespoke packaging and corrugated cardboard products.

We are constantly reviewing new applications for our range of reusable packaging products to reduce excess materials being produced.

And in terms of recycling, we aim to incorporate higher levels of recycled and renewable materials in all of our bespoke packaging designs whilst ensuring that our products are always as recyclable as possible.

Besides this, we take pride in our environmental management systems in relation to our business. We therefore aim to foster an integrated approach to protecting the environment with our products, whilst still ensuring optimum levels of performance.

With that, the only thing left to say is that from everyone here at GWP Group, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, and happy New Year.

We hope you enjoy the festivities!

10 Best Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper of 2020

Wrapping paper might be pretty, but let’s be real: It’s trash just waiting to be tossed. You tear, crumple it up, and throw it out after looking at it for maybe 15 seconds, give or take. When you think about it, there’s really no reason to use it because there are so many other more sustainable options out there.

Old-school wrappers, hear us out: You can definitely still make your gifts look picture-perfect without contributing to unnecessary waste. Whether you want to use recycled paper or reusable bags, here are some of the best eco-friendly gift wrap ideas out there.

Americans spend billions of dollars on wrapping paper every single year. Earth911 estimates that 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper are produced each year, and about half of that ends up in a landfill.

Think you’re different because you toss your paper in the recycling bin? The most aesthetically pleasing kinds — you know, the glossy, glittery ones— are not recyclable, so it basically just exists to make our gifts look nice.

The only kind of wrapping paper you should be placing in the bin is plain brown paper. Throwing away any other kind could make your entire bin nonrecyclable. Yikes.

1. Wrappily Recycled Wrapping Paper

Wrappily prints gift wrap on newsprint using local newspaper presses, which means the materials are recycled and can in turn be recycled again. One piece of newsprint can actually be recycled up to seven times, so it’s a really sustainable option that uses less energy and gentler inks.

It’s a bonus that Wrappily offers fun, creative designs that are bright and colorful. You can even create your own custom wrapping paper if you want to get really crafty.

Price: $

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2. Triumph Plant Gift Wrap

Who needs glittery paper when you can wrap something in a future plant? Triumph Plant Gift Wrap is made of 100 percent recycled paper that’s embedded with hundreds of wildflower seeds.

Once the gift receiver opens their package, they can take this paper outside, plant it in the soil, and wait for it to sprout lots of beautiful flowers.

A set comes with a few sheets of wrapping paper, gift cards, and natural raffia to use instead of ribbons. Think of it this way: when you use this, you’re basically giving someone two gifts in one. You’re welcome.

Price: $$

Buy Triumph Plant Gift Wrap online.

3. Anthropologie Furoshiki Holiday Wrapping Cloth

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that dates back centuries. It entails a square piece of cloth being used to wrap gifts or transport items. It’s full of history, it’s a reusable fabric, and it looks amazing, so, really, it’s kinda perfect.

Anthropologie sells this reusable fabric in gorgeous, bright colors and patterns that can, and should, be used for any occasion.

Price: $$

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4. Appleby Lane Fabric Gift Bags

Forget paper and opt for these reusable bags instead. They’re much easier to deal with (no complicated folding), they’re more sturdy (no need to worry about them ripping after all your hard work), and they can be used for a wide variety of things once the gift is unwrapped.

These Appleby Lane gift bags come in a few different colors and a set of five offers two different sizes. The ribbon ruffle around the top makes it easy to tie them shut, and it’s just a nice touch.

Price: $$

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5. Bee’s Wrap

If you’re gifting someone food (great idea, by the way), wrap it in Bee’s Wrap, or place it in a container and wrap that in Bee’s Wrap. It’s a natural and sustainable alternative to plastic wrap that also happens to be quite aesthetically pleasing, so it works as gift wrap as well. (Ideal for gift giving!)

It’s also reusable, washable, and compostable. You use your hands to soften a sheet as you wrap it around something, then as it cools, it creates a seal. It can be washed in mild soap to be used many more times, so it’s a gift in itself.

Mother Earth would approve of the ingredients as well: Organic cotton, sustainably harvested beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.

Price: $$

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6. Hallmark Sustainable Christmas Wrapping Paper

If you’re not ready to give up the look of traditional wrapping paper just yet, at least make it something recyclable. Enter Hallmark’s sustainable paper made with low ink coverage.

There’s a total of 90 square feet of paper in this pack, so it will last a while. And, as a nice plus, there are cut lines on the back so that you can wrap with precision.

Price: $

Buy Hallmark Sustainable Christmas Wrapping Paper online.

7. Boao Drawstring Gift Bags

Boao drawstring gift bags are basically little burlap sacks decorated for the holidays. They’re durable, washable, and reusable (let your gift receiver know that these work great as tote bags at the grocery store).

Wrapping is easier than ever: Just stick your item inside and use the double drawstring to close it up. And with 35 bags in one set, you’ll have enough for many holidays and parties to come.

Price: $

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8. Wrapeez Polka Dot Wrapping Set

Wrapeez wrapping sets give you the look of a traditionally wrapped package without all of the pollution that comes with them. The stretchy gift wrap can be wrapped around even the oddest shapes without ripping or tearing, and it feels high quality.

It also has built-in bows to make your gifts look extra impressive, and the set comes with a wine bag and gift card holder as well.

Price: $$$

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9. Stasher Bags

OK, we know these don’t necessarily look like gift wrap, but Stasher bags are a surprisingly cute and environmentally friendly alternative to plastic baggies.

These food-grade silicone bags are durable: They can go in the microwave, on a hot stove, in the freezer, in the oven, in the dishwasher, and can even be used for sous vide cooking.

The point is you can get a lot of use out of these bad boys. So much so, it’s pretty much like giving two gifts in one.

Price: $$

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10. Wrapper

Wrapper gift wrap is also inspired by furoshiki fabric. It’s organic, biodegradable, and made of recycled materials. It’s also beautiful — Wrapper designs the fabric with artwork curated by a team of graphic designers.

And once the gift has been unwrapped? Tie Wrapper into a tote bag, wrap it around a laptop for easy storage, or use it to wrap another gift. It’s as versatile and sustainable as gift wrap comes.

Price: $$$

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5 Reasons Why It’s Time To Bin Christmas Wrapping…

We all want to give beautifully wrapped presents but it’s time to rethink using the rolls of wrapping paper that we’ve all dependent on for years.

5 Reasons Why It’s Time To Bin Wrapping Paper This Christmas

1. Keep rollin’

The UK gets through 100 million rolls of wrapping paper each Christmas – approximately 227,000 miles of the pretty paper stuff. That’s enough to wrap the equator nine times.

2. It’s not like other paper

As you’re slumped on the sofa half covered in discarded wrapping paper, while the cat settles down under it for a snooze, it’s tempting to think that it can all be bundled up and shoved in the recycling bin. Sadly, that’s not the case.

The Sellotape, plastic ribbons and metallic or glitter on the paper generally make it impossible to recycle so the only option is landfill or incineration.

How To Make Christmas Newspaper Wrapping Paper

3. Think of the trees

While we might all print less at work and send less letters, Christmas time sees us all go a little crazy on the paper front.

It’s estimated by DEFRA that around 50,000 trees are cut down each year to make enough paper to wrap our presents.

The UK’s Committee on Climate Change released a report in 2018 that said we need to commit to planting twice as many trees by 2020 to help capture carbon and slow down the impact of climate change.

9 Ways You Can Plant More Trees This Year

4. Think of the emissions

Most of the UK’s paper comes from Scandinavia so each roll of wrapping paper has an air mile footprint, while Greenpace found that the production process emits 3.5kg of CO2 to make one kilogram of wrapping paper.

5. Stop the sticky tape

Wrapping paper needs Sellotape / sticky tape to hold it together which isn’t recyclable. If you’re trying to do a plastic free Christmas then don’t fall down at the last hurdle over the sticky stuff.

Small bits of plastic like sticky tape often end up in the sea, breaking down into microplastics and infecting our food chains, waterways and marine wildlife.

Why does this matter again? There are eight million tonnes of plastic in our oceans.

How To Fabric Wrap Your Gifts This Christmas

UK’s biggest wrapping paper maker: ‘It can be Christmas every day’ | Manufacturing sector

With deft accuracy, a design worker is sticking sparkles on a gift bag in an office festooned with crackers, wrapping paper swatches and shelves loaded with multicoloured glitter.

Based near a former colliery in south Wales, a team of 45 designers work on new creations for IG Design Group – the world’s biggest producer of wrapping paper and crackers. The team started designing for next Christmas in August. One worker says she often gets home to find glitter in her car, on her hair, even on the dog: “It can be Christmas every day here.”

Loss-making and struggling under a mountain of debt in 2008 after a string of acquisitions, IG has survived by restructuring, and broadening its product ranges to include stickers, gift bags and other new products alongside traditional wrap and cards. The wrapping paper is made in Wales while the design team’s other creations are turned out at IG’s factories in China and the Netherlands.

Paul Fineman, chief executive of the group, says order books for next year are “heaving” because the drop in the value of the pound post-Brexit has boosted demand from abroad.

The group produces 1bn m of wrapping paper a year, almost half of which is made in Wales. It supplies all the major supermarkets and major international retailers including Ikea and Costco. Upmarket crackers, under the Tom Smith brand, sell for up to £500 and will be adorning the royal Christmas dinner table.

In October, IG sent a selection of four specially selected cracker designs to Buckingham Palace so that the Queen could choose one to grace her Christmas table.

Its products may be swathed in glitter, but the factory in Ystrad Mynach, a short drive from Newport, is an example of gritty British survival against the odds.

A designer creates a wrapping paper layout on screen. Photograph: Tom Smith

Previously IG had three sites – one where wrap was printed, one where it spun huge printed reels of paper onto cardboard tubes and another where goods were packed up ready for stores. The group spent £8m on bringing the whole operation together in one site two years ago. It switched to using more environmentally friendly and efficient water-based inks and introduced new processes that can add glitzy touches such as holograms and shiny finishes.

“In 2008 we had to seriously think whether we could make this a viable facility,” says Fineman. “It was loss-making and had a lot of issues. We had choices and one of those choices would have been that this place didn’t have a future as a manufacturing site. But we felt if we could remodel, find different customers and channels and create a sufficient resource to invest that not only could we survive but it would be very profitable. It was very challenging but it is working.”

IG’s enormous printing machines have 10 heads that layer ink onto a polymer roll on which the design has been laser cut so it stands proud like a giant potato print. Paper from reels more than 1m thick is fed through the printing system before being dried in a long oven and then sliced in half as it is spun back into another thick roll.

The plant can print 72km of paper an hour, and employs up to 450 people at peak times about half of whom work in manufacturing.

From September the printing machines are working 24/7 right up until Christmas week to cope with late orders from British retailers. Production restarts for next Christmas almost immediately and shipping begins from June or July with boxes of wrapping paper packed off to Bristol docks and shipped over the Atlantic.

Tom Smith Christmas crackers Photograph: Tom Smith

The company is having a good year. Underlying sales were up more than a fifth in the six months to the end of September with profits up 36% as gift bag sales soared.

Fineman says the fall in sterling will bring another boost. “The UK is going to be a very uncertain place. But over the next 12 to 18 months UK manufacturing, the number of cards sold is up 5% year on year.

“Sending Christmas cards has declined other than single cards to close relatives. “People aren’t just writing out cards to their colleagues at work. But there are new occasions and reasons to send cards all the time. People just see a card and think ‘that’s fun’ and get it. There doesn’t have to be a specific reason any longer.”

IG is also trying the same trick with crackers – with versions for Halloween and Easter. Some of the crackers are designed in Wales but they are made at the company’s factory in China from which it ships to 29 countries. Last year it imported 60m crackers to the UK – nearly one for every person in the country.

And who writes the jokes? The company employs a network of freelancers, but anyone can contribute an idea. Even Fineman claims to have contributed a couple over the years, although he won’t reveal what they are. Maybe it’s the one about “tinsel-itis”.

90,000 Designer Wrapping Paper – Trash: How to Save Money

Now that November has arrived, the stores are laying out their Christmas goods in full force. Decorations, Christmas trees, bows, New Year’s food and drinks … and the funniest and most expensive thing: designer wrapping paper.

Don’t get me wrong, designer wrapping paper can be great and enhance the overall presentation of your gift. But anything more festive than plain paper can be unreasonably expensive.It’s not hard to spend over $ 10 on a single cast (which never really lasts very long).

Christmas is already expensive, so don’t do it with expensive wrapping paper anymore. Here are four creative ways to defend wrapping paper bankruptcy.

Go reusable

The worst thing about designer wrapping paper is that it is good for single use. Why not do something more sustainable and choose reusable gift wrapping?

The reusable gift bags aren’t super-cheap, but if you convince your gift group to start using them, you only need to buy them for a year or two, and then everyone will have enough time to continue exchanging at no additional cost.costs. This 25-pack pack of 8.25 “x 10” x 4 “solid color bags is priced at Amazon for just $ 22, which is less than $ 1 per bag.

Sure, there are reusable Christmas-themed bags like these burlap sacks, but they’ll cost a little more. However, they will last a long time, so you can use them for several years with your friends and family.

Many shops sell seasonal shopping bags that can also be used to wrap your present.A reusable shopping bag won’t give the same aesthetic effect as designer wrapping paper, but it’s cute, festive, and much more useful.

There are many other great ideas. Wrap your gift in a lightweight scarf that doubles as part of the gift. Use old scraps of fabric or small cloth bags for packaging. I even saw pieces of a knitted sweater used to make small bags that were especially festive.

Use something else

It’s time to get creative and use items other than store-bought brown paper for gifts.

A newspaper can be repurposed in several ways. Made with newspaper and a small set of cards, this gift bag is a really pretty option, and you can always turn a comic book page into a goofy package.

Even paper bags can be turned into gift wrapping! Around Christmas, shops such as Target and Trader Joe’s are starting to use Christmas-themed bags.Cut them to size and add some thread or ribbons to make your holiday wrapping paper. And plain brown paper may not look particularly Christmas-like, but it is very stylish.

You can really use just about anything. Sew Many Ways combined tape with multiple plastic containers to make cane candy-themed gift toppers. Inhabitat recommends clay flower pots, which you can find cheaply at thrift stores.Prairie Manor suggests using several layers of old tissue paper.

Print your own

This may sound odd, but you can use your own printer to quickly type wrapping paper. If you print more than a little, it will quickly get more expensive. … But if you only need a little, this can be a lifesaver.

A quick Google Image search for wrapping paper offers thousands of options for you to print at home.Just load the printer – it is best to use large thin paper – and print a stack of sheets. Grab your scotch tape and scissors and get your packaging!

For larger gifts, you’ll have to line up the sheets and tape them to avoid sharp inconsistencies, but overall the project is pretty simple.

Smarter store

It’s always a good idea to be smart about your purchases, but this is especially important around Christmas, one of the most expensive times of the year. Instead of heading to your nearest department store and picking out a trendy roll of designer wrapping paper, try a few of these ideas to save money.

First go to discount stores for some wrapping paper. Places like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and The Dollar Store are all good options for finding very affordable brown paper. It may not look as extravagant as the designer options in large stores, but the chances of someone noticing it are slim. And if they do, they’d rather appreciate your frugality than scoff at it.

Image courtesy of Alexey Stiop via Shutterstock

Next, take a close look at what you are buying.If you decide to buy wrapping paper, it can be easy to get your first roll that looks pretty, but you can make a big mistake. A quick look at Walmart wrapping paper reveals that you can get three reams of rolls, totaling 540 square feet, for $ 15, just under 3 cents per square foot.

You can also get three bags of foil for $ 15. But that’s only 300 square feet, which is $ 0.05 per square foot. There is also an eight-piece pack that can be purchased for $ 10, which seems like a very good deal.But between all eight throws, you only get 150 square feet. That’s almost $ 0.07 per square foot. It doesn’t make much of a difference, but it does add up over time.

And when you find a good deal on Christmas wrapping paper, don’t be afraid to stock up if you have a place to store it. Stores almost give it out after Christmas, and you can easily get enough paper for the next few years for a few dollars if you time it right.

How to Save on Wrapping Paper?

Buying full price designer wrapping paper right before Christmas is a joke. There are just too many better alternatives, from using scraps of old fabric to shopping at your local discount store. Are there other ways you can avoid spending your Christmas budget on wrapping paper? We want to hear them!

Are you buying designer wrapping paper? Or have you found more modest ways to wrap your gifts? Share your best tips in the comments below!

90,000 Christmas in the UK ‹engblog.ru

Christmas is one of the most important and favorite holidays in Western Europe. A decorated Christmas tree, candles, gifts, funny comedies on TV, and, of course, a set table – all this is identified with the Christmas holidays. They are expected for a whole year and begin to prepare for them in a few months. In this article I would like to share my personal experience of celebrating Christmas in England.

Gifts

Residents of Foggy Albion begin to prepare for the celebration long before the December cold weather.Unlike America, in the UK there is no such thing as Black Friday (the first day of Christmas sales), so the British start buying gifts in advance, as in December all the best is already sold out.

The British are a rather conservative and restrained nation, therefore it is not customary to give expensive gifts at Christmas. Usually people buy several small gifts. For example, men are given cufflinks, ties, books, alcohol, and women – perfumery sets, clothes, towels, souvenirs.But every gift should be beautifully packaged. The British do not spare money for this, and gift wrapping is becoming another pre-Christmas tradition.

An obligatory attribute of any gift is a Christmas card. For this, there are special stores, card factory , where you can buy a postcard for any event. Believe me, in the last weeks before Christmas, such stores simply cannot be overcrowded. It may seem that this is outdated for a long time, but people of different ages still write wishes in postcards and send them to their friends and relatives.

Celebration at work

Christmas celebrations at work are common in the UK. Usually the company orders the restaurant in advance and takes all expenses on itself. The restaurant doesn’t have to be traditional. Many companies love exotic and order Indian, Chinese or Arabic restaurants.

You know, there is nothing worse than an English cook, so the British are very fond of international cuisine. For example, when I was working in England, my company ordered a Thai restaurant to celebrate Christmas.Dress code is preferably casual-formal (not too smart, but decent). The only traditional highlight of this international feast is Christmas crackers . At the beginning of dinner, crackers are handed out to everyone, and people in pairs tore them apart. The crackers contain a small toy (like in a kinder surprise), a puzzle or joke ( Christmas joke ) and a paper crown that everyone puts on and wears throughout the evening. On such days, you can even see directors of companies wearing paper crowns!

Another tradition of celebrating Christmas at work is the last day before winter break, when all staff put on the Christmas jumper (Christmas sweater).These sweaters start selling at the end of November and the demand for them is huge. They can be with flashlights, with a sound addition, with Santa Clauses sewn on, deer, Christmas trees, etc. Usually the staff takes pictures in these wonderful sweaters and then goes … where? To the pub, of course, to celebrate the end of the year.

Christmas Day December 24

If New Year is usually celebrated in a noisy company in a club or pub, then Christmas is a quiet family holiday. Traditionally, relatives and close friends are invited to it.I was lucky enough to attend such a celebration, so I can share my experience with you. Firstly, if you are invited to another city, you need to book tickets in advance, since on December 24, if transport goes, it is mainly in the morning. Guests usually arrive in the evening, at 7 o’clock. First, guests are offered a drink (white or red wine), and then everyone sits down at the festive table. The table does not break from food, usually only the main course and dessert are on it. Traditionally, the British cook a roasted turkey (whole carcass stuffed with pork, bread, onions and celery) with baked vegetables (potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips), Yorkshire pudding, gravy (sauce based on meat juice or broth) and cranberry sauce.Dessert is usually Christmas pudding (a traditional dried fruit pie, often soaked in brandy or other alcoholic beverage), trifle (a layered dessert made from biscuit dough, custard, fruit jelly, and whipped cream), or the so-called brandy butter (thick whipped sauce butter, sugar and brandy).

After dinner, the British can sing karaoke or play board games. The hosts prepare in advance and buy several board games every Christmas.Another obligatory part of the entertainment program is the exploding of firecrackers. Many families watch the Queen’s message of congratulations.

By midnight, if it is a traditional and religious family, everyone goes outside and goes to the nearest church to attend the Christmas service. The service usually lasts 30-40 minutes. People sing hymns, take communion with wine and bread and, congratulating each other, go home. Usually, houses are decorated not only inside, but also outside, and some neighbors even compete with whom the house is brighter.Quiet night streets with glowing houses are an unforgettable sight.

Christmas December 25

On Christmas morning, everyone goes to the tree, where they unpack gifts and wish each other a Merry Christmas. Usually this is a day of rest, which people spend at home with their families in front of the TV (Christmas comedies and musicals are broadcast on all channels without stopping) or go to visit relatives and friends. Since no shops and public transport are open on this day, the only way to get somewhere is to use a car or walk.When visiting, the British usually finish their Christmas dinner or cook baked chicken with vegetables, play board games or cards. Life returns to cities around December 26-27, when regular buses start to run and supermarkets open.

As you can see, despite current trends, the British remain conservative, and Christmas is still a symbol of togetherness, family and caring for each other. Finally, I would like to offer a short list of basic words that you should know if you are going to spend Christmas in England.

Word / Collocation Transfer
a baubl Christmas tree ball
a candy cane cane-shaped sweet stick (usually used to decorate a Christmas tree)
a chimney chimney (through it Santa Claus gets into the house)
a Christmas cake / pudding Christmas cake (traditional dried fruit cake, often soaked in brandy or other alcoholic beverage, syrup, making it very dense)
a Christmas card Christmas card
a Christmas cracker Christmas cracker
a Christmas joke the joke or riddle that is inside the Christmas firecracker
a Christmas market Christmas market (opens two to three weeks before Christmas; it usually sells mulled wine, sweets, baked chestnuts, pancakes, bavarian sausages and hamburgers)
a Christmas service / Carol service Christmas service
a Christmas stocking Christmas stocking (hung on the tree for Santa Claus to put a gift in)
a Christmas tree Christmas tree
a party hat Christmas hat (usually a paper clapperboard crown)
a party popper cracker (usually cylindrical, colored paper spills out of it when you cotton)
a reindeer Reindeer (traditionally sled by Santa Claus)
a roast turkey baked turkey (traditional Christmas dish)
a sleigh Santa’s sleigh
a wreath Christmas wreath (usually hung on the front door)
Boxing Day day off after Christmas
brandy butter / sauce Christmas thick sauce with whipped butter, sugar and brandy
Christmas carols Christmas carols
Christmas decorations Christmas decorations for home and Christmas tree
Christmas dinner Christmas Dinner
Christmas Eve Christmas Day 24 December
Christmas lights / fairy lights Christmas electric garlands that decorate trees, houses and streets
Christmas presents Christmas gifts
Christmas specials Christmas TV programs (Greetings from the Queen, musicals, comedies, James Bond films)
Father Christmas ( Santa Claus ) Santa Claus
Merry Christmas ! Merry Christmas! (traditional greetings)
mince pies Traditional Christmas cakes (closed sand baskets filled with fruits and spices)
mulled wine mulled wine (traditionally sold at Christmas markets)
wrapping paper Christmas gift wrapping paper
Xmas short form from Christmas (often used in postcards)

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How to give gifts in the UK

Perhaps one of the most difficult things in the world is choosing gifts. Every year, on the eve of the holidays, we all puzzle over how to surprise family and friends and make sure that the very cup that you have been choosing in the store for so long does not go to the farthest shelf.This is especially true for those who have foreign friends. If everything is clear with compatriots, then you are afraid to make a mistake – what if the present turns out to be inappropriate or too expensive? How to surprise a Briton and how much should a perfect gift cost?

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The tradition of exchanging gifts on December 25 only appeared in the Victorian era. The best gift for children at that time was handmade toys, but not everyone could afford such a pleasure.The situation changed with the development of industry. Thanks to the mass production of goods, children could get dolls, mechanical toys and books for Christmas, since they could be bought at an affordable price.

However, a child from working-class families for a long time found in his Christmas stocking only an orange, an apple and a few nuts. Today, in the era of technology and progress, children want to get new gadgets for Christmas, but you can’t surprise the younger generation with just candy or good old toys.

Choosing a gift for a Victorian gentleman was also no easy task. It had to be helpful and not too big. A tobacco pouch, handkerchief, or shaving soap was welcome. Today a British man will be delighted to have a watch, gloves, tie or alcohol for Christmas.

Victorian girls dreamed of finding perfume or a jewelry box under the tree. Today, the preferences of the fair sex have changed little; eau de toilette or accessories can be a good gift for them.

According to statistics, this year the British will spend £ 21 billion on Christmas shopping.

Another important holiday is birthday. The most significant date is considered to be the age of majority, or the 21st birthday, since it is at this age that a person becomes an adult. By the way, until 1969, it was from this age that citizens had the right to vote. Today, suffrage is granted from the age of 18. Earlier, on their 21st birthday, parents gave their children a silver key, which “opened” the door to the future, to a new life.

Another celebration for which it is customary to give gifts in Great Britain is a wedding. In the Victorian era, it was believed that any marriage was solely for love. To encourage the newlyweds to continue looking for happiness in each other, all guests had to come to the celebration with a gift, because it was supposed to strengthen the feelings of the newlyweds. Also, special attention was paid to wedding anniversaries. For each of them, the spouses could give each other special gifts. For example, for the fifth anniversary, or a wooden wedding, they gave silver dishes, and for the pewter, which is celebrated after ten years of marriage, diamonds were usually presented.By the way, this tradition is still preserved in many British families.

What do we give?

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To choose a gift for the Briton “must be able”. Attention is appreciated, no matter what you give – an expensive tie or a small box of chocolates. Also, the British love practicality and modesty in everything. These people have always been famous for their frugality, and therefore a Briton will never spend the latter on gifts.

In order not to embarrass the person being gifted, forget about wide gestures, they can be misunderstood.No need to give huge bouquets of flowers or expensive jewelry. But useful little things for the house can be just the way, because the British love to equip their home.

Also take note of gifts with connotations, such as a commemorative photo of an event that brings you together or a ticket to a concert of your favorite band. If you are just visiting a British friend, you can bring along a bottle of good wine or a box of chocolates. By the way, before buying alcohol, calculate in advance how much you can drink yourself so that the owners have something left after you leave.For example, if you are going to drink a whole bottle, then bring two at once. Alcohol doesn’t have to be cheap, but you don’t need to buy too expensive wine either. The optimal price is £ 15.

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Today it is no longer possible to imagine a gift without its constant companions – packaging and postcards. Presentation is very important for a Briton. Experts estimate that the British use about 220 miles of brown paper annually! Why is there such a stir around packaging, you ask.

First, it makes the gift special. With a beautiful box or package, you show how important the person you are giving is to you, because you have thought through everything to the smallest detail.

Secondly, the packaging turns the gift into a surprise, because it is interesting to guess what is inside the bright box.

Another important part of the gift is the postcard. The first postcard in the world was a Christmas card and was published on May 1, 1843. Its creators were the English entrepreneur Henry Cole and his friend the artist John Horsley, who created the illustration for the postcard.It depicted three generations of a family proclaiming a toast to the recipient of the postcard.

According to statistics, every Briton receives an average of 17 cards for Christmas.

Where is the best place to buy gifts?

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The most popular shopping destination, especially around Christmas, is Oxford Street in London. Here you can find gifts for every taste and budget and feel the holiday atmosphere.Also in the capital, you can look into Westfield Stratford City – the third largest shopping center in the United Kingdom.

Well, if you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the big city, we advise you to look into Brighton. There are shopping lanes (The Lanes) with small shops where you can find antiques, and just interesting things to please your family and friends. If you live in the north of the country, be sure to pay attention to York and its historic Shambles Street.There are many souvenir shops here, where everyone can find different pleasant things for themselves and their loved ones. By the way, remember Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series? It was Shambles Street that became its prototype.

With the help of gifts, we express our feelings and make loved ones and friends happy. Let’s think about each other more often. Merry Christmas!

Prepared by Maria Kulik

Batik Wrapping Paper for Christmas Gifts | Crafts

Making your own Christmas wrapping paper can give a special look to any gift, and I thought it would be fun to show how easy it is to create your own this year

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Making your own Christmas wrapping paper can add a special touch to any gift, and I thought it would be fun to show how easy it is to create your own unique gift wrap this year.

I will introduce you to batik printing using a variety of household printing tools, as well as creative tips and ideas on how to create your own successful designs to impress family and friends.

At the moment I am inspired by Scandinavian patterns and colors, and I wanted my printed Christmas wrap to show this influence as it always sets me in the mood for Christmas!

Step 1. Printing with found metal objects.

You can find objects in the house that can have a perfect pattern.

My favorite is the black metallic curtain collar that gives these gorgeous Scandinavian-style floral prints.

Metal waffle irons are also ideal for this kind of work if you can find them, use them individually or in combination with each other to create larger patterns.

I use a flat pan with a convenient thermostatic control to heat the paraffin wax.Make sure you work in a well-ventilated area because of the wax fumes.

You can experiment with different types of paper, but for this project I used an inexpensive regular fish and chips backing paper from a local scrap shop. The fine quality of this type of paper produces good wax prints and the surface easily absorbs colorants.

You can also contact your local print shop for inexpensive face rolls.

Step 2: Printing with Lino

If you have a small amount of craft linoleum available at most craft shops, you can create your own simple print patterns.

First warm up the linoleum, after which it will be easier to cut with a craft knife or cutting tool. I glued these link squares to wood blocks to make it easier to print.

If you fill the wax heater with too much wax, you can easily transfer too much wax and ruin the seal.It can take a little practice to get some kind of regular repetition. Shaking off excess wax between the dies will avoid too much wax and produce sharper prints.

I also use square felt on the bottom of my wax pot to act as a soft printing pad and keep the printing tools from sitting on the bare metal of the pot. I add enough wax to coat the felt so it just looks rich.

Step 3. Printing using wood blocks and metal tubes.

Wooden blocks can sometimes be found for sale in craft workshops, this one has lovely tree patterns that I thought would be fine for a Christmas theme.

Metal “tyups” from Indonesia. I can get multiple prints from a single dip in the wax as the metal retains heat for much longer.

Try your first prints on a little extra paper to check print quality.

Step 4: Coloring the wax paper

I wanted to keep a simple Xmas color theme and chose red paint, which I mixed powder with water and applied with a brush / sponge.

This dye is called Procion dye, which I also use to dye cotton fabrics, but you can experiment with thinned acrylics or inks.

This type of dye can be purchased from textile suppliers such as Dharma Trading in the US or George Weil and Sons in the UK, or most good craft suppliers.

Procion dyes will generally penetrate straight through the paper, resulting in good coverage on the front and back.

Step 5: Ironing the waxed paper

Once the paint is dry, it’s time to smooth out the wax, which I like to do outside in the garden because of the paraffin wax.

Use an OLD IRON to gently melt the wax and spread it over the paper. I use an old newspaper underneath it and iron it directly over the printed paper. Ironing pushes the wax over the paper, leaving a smooth waxed surface and a thicker, parchment-like feel.

(A good use of the old wax newspaper created in this step is to keep it and use it to light a fire!)

My best papers were those that had a heavier wax seal, allowing the wax to spread throughout the sheet when ironed and do not leave a waxy halo between prints that I noticed in more spaced prints.

Step 6: Done!

It didn’t take long to make a few rolls of my own Christmas paper, which I look forward to using soon… Just a trifle – to find these gifts !!

I’m happy with the traditional red and white look, and there’s something nice about the wax paper feel that reminds me of the wax wrappers that I had to wear my bread with when I was young! Ah .

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