First there was the video of the turtle with the straw up its nose that went viral, then there was the Drowning in Plastic documentary, and the Stacey Dooley documentary about fast fashion. Last month ‘single-use’ was named Word Of The Year by Collins Dictionary, (‘plogging’ – the activity of picking up litter whilst jogging – was another contender for that title), and ‘microbead’ was also recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Environmental issues have been at the forefront of people’s minds and consciousness in 2018 – and about blinkin’ time too.
So when a friend mentioned to me that she intended to use eco-friendly wrapping for her Christmas presents this year, I kicked myself for never having even considered this. A little more research taught me that:
– Wrapping paper which contains foil or glitter or is a bit sheen-y can’t be recycled.
– The test is to scrunch the paper into a ball. If it stays scrunched, it can probably be recycled.
– Sellotape isn’t recyclable either. So you might want to use a biodegradable tape such as this one.