Reuseable gift wrap
Christmas Gift wrap rolls are so passé! Each year, the French buy 40 million rolls of gift wrap. These papers are largely non-recyclable 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 for reuseable gift wrap which are ecological, economical, reuseable for the most part and made in France.
A reuseable gift wrap 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.
DIY Gift Wrap with recycled materials
Make your own gift wrap from old maps & atlas pages, or dictionary pages. Use rubber stamps or stencils and ribbon to brighten up the package. 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!
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 reuseable gift wrap 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.
Les Belles Musettes is another Made in France option for reuseable gift wrap. They call it A REAL GIFT … FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! Their eco-responsible gift packaging is paper and ribbon, 100% made in France. Designed to be reusable, the gift wrappers open and close without wrinkling or tearing and flatten out after each use for easy storage! Les Belles Musettes therefore offers you an ecological and responsible solution, but also practical and sustainable. The mission of Les Belles Musettes is to change our relationship with gift wrapping, by choosing a 100% eco-responsible and zero waste solution with out compromise: lots of pretty papers and colors, sizeable pouches and flat papers to fit any gift wrap need.
Lush, the cosmetics shop also offers what they call knot wraps which are either cotton or plastic wraps a bit like scarves. Lots of pretty patterns.