As we try to put as much joy back into the Covid affected Christmas, the recyclability of Christmas giftwrap is again in the spotlight.
It’s true that there are some types of giftwrap that are printed on a plastic film, or on paper that uses shiny foils and sparkly glitters, but we use none of these things,” explains Director of greeting card and giftwrap publisher Card Connection, “That’s why all our giftwrap is recyclable.”
“Sadly, there is still a lot of confusion amongst consumers as to what can be recycled, not helped by continued inaccuracies in the media, claiming all gift wrap in non-recyclable.”
To help consumers, the website for the charity WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) has a video setting out a simple scrunch test to determine whether wrapping paper is made from metalised plastic film.
Simply scrunch the item in your hand – if it remains ‘scrunched’ it can be recycled; if it springs back it is probably metalised plastic film and not recyclable.
So, don’t let unnecessary worries about giftwrap recycling get in the way of a great Christmas. For peace of mind just look out for Card Connection’s distinctive black and white giftwrap dispensers pictured here.
“This year of all years, we wouldn’t want families to lose out on the simple pleasure of diving into that pile of brightly wrapped gifts under their tree on Christmas morning,” concludes Johnson, “So Merry Christmas, one and all! “