What Can I Do With All That Gift Wrap Paper?? {LivingGreen}

Christmas will soon be here ..4 more sleeps!!  Are you wondering what you will do with all that wrapping paper?

Gift Wrap

Photo attribution: AussieGold (CC)
  • You can carefully remove it and then reuse it…let’s face it; this probably won’t be happening on Christmas morning!!
  • Unless it’s the kind that has foil or some kind of waxy lining, most paper, including gift wrap paper and tissue paper, is recyclable
  • If it is not glossy, does not have a plastic, waxy, or metallic coating, and is not shockingly bright (officially known as Astro bright), it can probably be composted safely. Generally, if it tears easily, it’s okay to compost it.

One thing you should never do with it is burn it. Burning glossy or waxy paper, especially if it is brightly coloured or has a metallic finish, can release highly toxic chemicals into the air.

Below is a quick reference chart –

PAPER TYPE
REUSE
RECYCLE
COMPOST
GARBAGE
Glossy
X
X
Metallic
X
X
Wax-Coated
X
X
Plain/Non-Glossy,  Non-AstroBright
X
X
X
Tissue
X
X
X
Paper Tube
X
X
X
Paper Boxes
X
X
(some)

 I referenced the following site for the information contained in this post –

http://ccetompkins.org/energy/heating-wood/what-do-wrapping-paper

Monica

Comments

  1. Glad to learn this, about wrapping paper. I thought it all had to be thrown out, unless it was opened carefully, which is unlikely on Christmas morning, or reused. Thanks for checking this out.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  2. Thanks for the ideas. I’ve been using and reusing gift bags for years but I still wrap my son’s gifts. I do manage to save a lot of it to use again, then it gets recycled. One of my plans for the new year is to start composting. Maybe next Christmas that’ll be another option for me.

    • That’s awesome Erika, sounds like you have been doing a great job!! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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