Another reason why Christmas is environmentally-unfriendly

Ethical living writer, Lucy Siegle, wrote a great column in today’s Observer magazine about how each year in the UK we chuck away enough wrapping paper to stretch around the equator nine times, if laid end to end. I knew we wasted a lot of paper at Christmas but that figure is immense!

She then points out three major issues with paper:

1. the harvesting of trees, some of which are endangered

2. the process to turn wood fibre into pulp

3. and the disposal of the product – even recycling isn’t always a win-win situation

So what’s in your paper that’s so bad? Synthetic inks, plastics, chlorine, metal-based foils and of course glitters, all of which are not easy to dispose of or recycle.

So what’s the alternative? Be creative! Reuse and recycle pretty papers you receive (something I’ve been doing for years!) or branch out to more alternative papers – Lucy suggests the Observer magazine’s own paper.

Now, I hadn’t thought of that but maybe I’ll give it a go.

One thought on “Another reason why Christmas is environmentally-unfriendly

  1. Hey thanks for this Yanar, i love to wrap up my presents in old newspaper and string. If people think i’m cheap then that’s their problem. What’s inside is what counts! I also love using the paper that people give to me; sometimes i have even given it to them back by mistake! In my opinion, the best kind of present doesn’t need to be wrapped – an ‘experience’ such as a dinner, or baking a cake, etc!

    Thanks for your inspiration, as usual. xx



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