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How to recycle Christmas gift wrap

When the presents are all opened and the dinner has been demolished, the artefacts of Christmas are strewn across the living room. What to do with all the recyclable wrapping paper, ribbons, Knot Wraps and gift boxes? In the spirit of recycling, here are a few ideas to get you on the road to a waste-free festive season.

Short term

If you like it, you should put a bow on it 

Life is better with ribbons. Tie them in your hair, around some freshly picked flowers, or give your Christmas cake the perfect finishing touch. If your napkins could do with some extra flair, a bow couldn’t hurt. Love to get creative? Why not use them on a handmade greeting card? You could even chop those pretty ribbons up and thread them through old cards. Voila! Gift tags!


Table runners

If a festive feast isn’t doing enough to bring the Christmas spirit to your dining table, a seasonal Knot Wrap should spruce things up a bit. If you’ve found yourself with more knot-wraps than you can shake a cinnamon stick at, you might have just found yourself a new set of napkins.


Deck the halls

Ribbons are good for threading through all manner of things, so get crafty and whip up a few decorations, or rethread tired baubles. Your ribbons could see a new lease of life as bunting, Christmas tree decorations, or whatever else you turn your hand to.


Wrap it up

It was wrapping once, and it can be wrapping again. Keep your Knot Wraps, ribbons and boxes safe for the next time you’re giving a gift. If the paper has survived the Christmas gift unwrapping frenzy, even that can be ironed and used for future gifting. 


Long term

Storage with style

Make certain your Christmas decorations are in good shape to be reused next year by storing them in your empty gift boxes. Take Fairy Christmas, a bountiful gift full of treats for the shower and bath. This box has been made with 100% recycled materials, and when stripped of its tag and ribbon, it is the perfect size and shape to keep all of your baubles in. Hey presto! You’ve doubled on your eco-friendly festivities this season. It’s not even just to squirrel things away, either. These boxes are pretty enough to be used to store trinkets, stationery… pretty much whatever you wish!


Upcycle your Knot Wraps

We’ve been Knot Wrapping for over 10 years, so we have plenty of ideas for how to use this reusable wrapping. If you’re handy with a needle and thread, a Knot Wrap could soon become a cushion cover or shopping bag. Why not just wear it as a beautiful scarf or headband? If you’d like to give your stash a shakeup why not use the Knot Swap scheme, where you can update your collection while ensuring your old ones are given a new home. Just pop into any Lush store and exchange for an amazing 50% off another Knot Wrap!


Organise your Lush haul

If you’ve got a bath bomb storage situation, reusing gift boxes might just solve all your woes. Some boxes are just too beautiful to put in the recycling. Also, what could be more special than feeling like you’re opening up a gift again every time you run a bath and reach for your favourite bath bomb?


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