What's your ultimate plastic free gift you give to family and friends? It might be baking or crafting a handmade item.
Gift giving is a great opportunity to reduce plastic waste.
From the gift wrapping to the gift itself, there are many alternatives to single-use plastics. Crafting and DIY is a growing trend, as many people find it rewarding to make gifts themselves. Plus, the gifts tend to be more personal.
𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐠𝐢𝐟𝐭 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐬:- baking a cake, cupcakes, cookies, or making something simple like bliss balls.- writing a letter, making a personalised card, painting a picture or framing a photo you took.- sewing a pillowcase, making hair accessories, knitting a scarf or sweater- drying and pressing flowers or fallen leaves - writing a song, poem or short story.- gifting an ‘experience’ rather than an item (The options are endless with this one).- dedicating a donation to a cause your gift recipient will appreciate.
𝐆𝐢𝐟𝐭 𝐰𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐬:- switching out sticky plastic tape, and brand new wrapping paper, for gift bags (these can be made from recycled paper and reused numerous times)- using scrap paper or newspaper- using the Japanese art of furoshiki fabric wrapping.- weaving a box/basket to hold the item(s).- simply tying a decorative string or ribbon about the items. With a bit of creativity, the act of plastic free gift giving can be quite fun! Use what you have. Do what you can. Any other plastic free gift giving ideas out there? We’d love to hear about them.