Christmas,  Lifestyle

Brown paper packages tied up with string

Who doesn’t love raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and of course warm woollen mittens?

Julie Andrews and her famous “favourite things” were from a bygone decade when things were a little different – better, perhaps.


If you remember 1965 you’ll might think of the Von Trapp family before you think of the recycling revolution. The hills were once alive with the sound of music, now it’s just the sound of the recycling truck carrying away all our unwanted waste.


If you listen carefully you can hear the sound of wrapping up all around – the rip of the scissors and the squeak of the sticky tape.  The annual dash to M&S for your 3 for 2 wrapping rolls. What colour scheme to pick? Which ribbon to choose? How many tags to buy? So many choices!


Here’s an interesting fact. Most wrapping paper doesn’t recycle and therefore gets tipped straight into the landfill. A lot of wrapping paper is dyed, laminated, glittery, and contains plastic and metallic colours which can never be recycled. Some wrapping paper is too thin to recycle.  A lot of wrapping paper has sticky tape attached which makes it very difficult to recycle. If you’re really interested you can find out more here.


Here’s another thing – have you heard of the scrunch test?


This year we’re going brown paper all the way. I’m shunning all the pretty glittery papers and embracing the plain brown wrap. And actually, I’m quite excited for something new.

  • It’s a totally blank canvas
  • It’s much cheaper than patterned paper
  • It’s easier to wrap things neatly without a pattern to match up.
  • You can have fun accessorising with coloured bows and ribbons
  • You can go sticker crazy.
  • You can use printed ink or paint stamps
  • You can add the most fabulous tags
  • You can add leaves and branches from the garden
  • You can get arty and add your own designs
  • You can go minimalist, or totally over the top

If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Busy B Christmas Labels I get a few packets every year and stick them on everything. They’re pretty and festive and very classy!

This year I bought a decorative stamp from The English Stamp Company. It’s just a simple WITH LOVE and with a red ink pad looks just the business on all my gifts. I even used it on my Christmas card envelopes to make them look extra special dropping on the doormat.  I bought mine through Not On The High Street, but I’ve just taken a peek at their website and they do bespoke customised stamps so I might have a word with them about putting my logo on a stamp. How exciting.


Then when all the festivities are over, you can collect up all your used brown paper and feel good about dumping it in the recycling bin.  Just remember to remove the sticky tape, bows and ribbons first and you’re good to go!

If you’re not sure how to recycle in your area, get in touch with the Local Authority and they’ll fill you in.

Merry Christmas and happy wrapping.

Judith xx

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