Dreaming of a green Christmas? Here’s our advice on buying wrapping paper

There's just 13 days left until Christmas, have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

If you're looking to get a head start on the perfect Christmas gift, make sure yourwrapping paper doesn't let you down. Check that it can be recycled before you buy to ensure guilt-free wrapping.

Here's our eco-friendly guide to buying gift wrap this year:

  1. Avoid buying metallic, foil or glitter paper as it can't be recycled.


  1. Use recycled brown paper (available from your local Post Office or craft shop) and stamper sets to jazz it up and create your own unique Christmas designs.


  1. Instead of buying metallic bows and ribbon, make bows from newspaper, just search tutorials on YouTube to help you perfect the look.


  1. Use foliage, holly and leaves to decorate presents, check that the items you're using can be placed in with your garden waste recycling once the present has been unwrapped.


  1. Don't forget your Christmas cards - Send plain cards without ribbons, embellishments or glitter as these items can't be recycled or if possible, make sure the recipient can remove them before they pop them in their green bags for collection. Alternatively, send an e-card for your Christmas wishes.

Make these small changes now to help reduce your Christmas carbon footprint later.

If in doubt, please check ourChristmas Recycling Adviceon our website for further advice on what items can be recycled.