We assume that all paper can be recycled, including the kind we wrap presents in. But not all gift paper is plastic-free or eco-friendly. Wrapping paper often has metal flakes, a plastic base, sequins, glitter and other nonrecyclable products that are quite harmful to the environment.
You may have sworn off plastic or other luxury materials, but you also need to switch to responsible packaging options. The good news is you don’t have to settle for eco-friendly brown paper or good ol’ plain white paper for gifting purposes. From a reusable wrap made from recycled plastic bottles to holiday-themed gift bags, there are many ways you can be creative and responsible this season. Here are our faves.