This festival season, as we get ready to share our love with our near and dear ones, a little planning and creativity can help us prevent create a mountain of waste made of packaging and gift wrapping paper! By using reusable and biodegradable packaging we can we move towards more sustainable gifting options.
One of the simplest ways to make the change is to use fabric for gift wrapping. Using fabric is also a great way to upcycle old saris! All you need to do is cut a fabric of your choice into a square shape of required size and hem the edges. As a rough thumb rule the size of the fabric should be at least 2.5 times the size of the object that need to be wrapped.
The Japanese art of Furoshiki, uses fabric for wrapping gifts, books and other objects in various styles. See our Dāman Page here to know more about different Furoshiki wrapping styles.
Another easy and fun way to upcycle paper is to create your own wrapping paper by block printing on an old newspaper. This is a great activity to do with your kids on a weekend afternoon. My little one has block printed the newspaper that we have used for the gift wrap shown in the image below!
Using Jute pouches is a sustainable and easily available option for small objects. We have used small jute pouches to pack our small Diwali hampers with honey and spices. We have packed the spices in compostable tea bags/herb infusers, making the gift pack almost plastic free ( the glass honey bottles have a plastic seal)