WRAP­PING

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In the UK, we throw away enough wrap­ping pa­per to cir­cle the globe nine times ev­ery Christ­mas. “It is an ab­so­lute night­mare for us,” says Si­mon Ellin, CEO of the Re­cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion.

Not all wrap­ping pa­per is, in fact, pa­per. “Use the scrunch test,” says Si­mon, “If you scrunch it and it stays scrunched, it’s pa­per. If not, it’s plas­tic and you can’t re­cy­cle it.” Don’t get him started on glit­ter: “Plas­tic based.”

I take his point. I buy red twine and pa­per­based tape and wrap the first of my gifts in old copies of The Tele­graph. It looks classy, but my five-year-old’s aes­thetic is a lit­tle more… vi­brant, so we buy biodegrad­able glit­ter. The com­pany Eco Glit­ter Fun (ecoglit­ter­fun. com) tell me they have seen sales rise by 600 per cent this year.

Mean­while, the Ja­panese tra­di­tion of furoshiki (that’s wrap­ping gifts in fab­ric) is also grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. “We’ve seen a huge in­crease in in­ter­est over the last two years,” says Nicky Ra­jska, co-founder of fab­ric gift-wrap com­pany Wrag Wrap.

Their “crackle wrap” comes in Christ­mas prints and folds and sounds like pa­per. It’s more ex­pen­sive (£3.85 for a 30 x 30cm sheet, wrag­wrap.com) but will last a life­time. The only dif­fi­culty will be in per­suad­ing my fam­ily to hand it back, or find­ing new stores of gen­eros­ity within my­self.

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