Giving gifts is an essential part of Christmas – and a pile of beautifully wrapped presents piled up under the tree is a heart-warming sight.
But while unwrapping a present takes just a few seconds, the discarded paper could end up spending years in landfill – and it's one of the biggest sources of festive waste.
Lots of Christmas wrapping – including metallic or glittery papers, sellotape, and plastic ribbons and bows – can't be recycled.
But if you want to wrap your gifts in an eco-conscious way this year, there are plenty of alternatives to sparkly wrapping paper. Here are a few ideas.
Maps, magazines and newspaper
Old road maps make great wrapping paper. You could find a page with a loved-one's favourite holiday destination, or wrap a locally produced gift in a map of the local area. And old ordnance survey maps are ideal for a friend who loves walking or the great outdoors.
Magazines are another option. How about giving a green-fingered friend gardening gloves wrapped in the pages of a gardening magazine? Or try wrapping baking equipment or ingredients in a cookery magazine (even better if you choose a page that includes a recipe!)
Travel magazine pages, featuring an article about a place you know your loved-one longs to visit, are another option.
Even newspaper can look festive if you choose your pages carefully – colourful Christmas adverts for example – and finish with a flamboyant, fabric bow (which can then be saved and reused).