Gift Wrapping

Each year, Canadians produce 545,000 tonnes of waste from gift wrap and shopping bags. Help reduce this amount by following these take-action tips:

Skip the wrapping

If a gift already comes in a nice box or bag, no need to add more wrapping. Add a reusable bow or make a gift tags from old Christmas cards for some flair.

Reusable wrapping

Wrap gifts in a reusable material like a scarf or reusable gift bag or box.

Reusable wrapping paper

Save and reuse

Keep decorations, wrapping paper, gift bags, and cards for next year. Tip: gently remove tape and fold wrapping paper to keep it looking new!

Use recyclable wrapping paper

Metallic and glossy wrapping paper is not accepted in most municipal recycling programs. Avoid glossy and metallic paper and choose recyclable paper that contains recycled content instead. Tip: kraft paper, old newspaper, maps, and pages from books can make a great eco-friendly wrapping paper.

DIY

Get creative and make your own wrapping paper, bows, and gift tags. There’s lots of cool ideas using recycled or upcycled material such as: gift bags from old maps and books, old christmas cards, or fabric gift bags using old textiles. Check out Waste Reduction Week in Canada’s Holiday Pinterest board for more ideas!

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Additional Gift Wrapping Tips & Resources

Wrapping paper can be a huge part of holiday waste.

Household waste can increase more than 25% over the holidays.

Skip the wrapping paper and try out the art of Furoshiki using fabrics from around the house.

No need to purchase gift tag stickers when you can use Christmas cards you've collected from over the years. 

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