GETTING rid of wrapping paper would be great for the environment, says one children’s science writer.
Isabel Thomas believes that if we started giving our gifts unwrapped, we’d all be much more eco-friendly. She’s also suggested swapping balloons for handmade decorations sourced from nature (such as painting pine cones at Christmas) and using socks as party bags!
The author explains: “Lots of wrapping paper isn’t actually recyclable. We think of paper as really easy to recycle, but if we take it and scrunch it up into a ball and it won’t stay scrunched up, then it’s not recyclable.”
Thomas made the comments at the FT Oxford Literary Festival, where she was talking about her new book, This Book is Not Rubbish. The book looks at how our daily activities affect the environment and suggests 50 ways to ditch plastic and reduce rubbish.