Many will say it's too early, but let's face it, it's getting to be that time of year, and we all know how much waste can be produced at Christmas.
There are many ways we can still enjoy the usual festivities, but with more of a sustainable approach.
One of the most significant waste contributors during this time is wrapping paper, so let's look at some other creative options you can use instead.
Reusable fabric gift wraps.
Probably the most beautiful way to wrap your gifts is with reusable fabric wraps; just take a look at the Japanese art of Furoshiki, which is over 1200 years old.
You can use organic cotton or, even better, linen gift wraps. Who wouldn't want to receive a gift in one of these!
We sell them at a discounted price at Christmas to help encourage people to make the change.
The recipient can use the fabric again, so it's like giving two gifts at once.
There are so many opportunities to find charming paper scraps to use for gift wrapping.
I've seen people use "Who Gives A Crap" packaging as gift wrap. Start storing odd bits of ribbon, paper and tissue now; then, it will be a fun activity in itself to mix and match items to create your gift wrapping.
Decorated Recycled Kraft paper.
If you want to use wrapping paper, try and buy recycled kraft paper, many printing processes are harmful to the environment, so you can get creative and come up with ways of printing on the paper.
You could make your own stamps with string, simply paint or draw on the paper. Another option is to attach cute ribbons and cuttings for a cute minimalistic effect.
Photo by Elena Kloppenburg
Photo by Kari Shea