How to celebrate a Green Christmas !

Christmas is here!

We have had an unpredictable year this 2020. However, it sure is no reason to NOT celebrate holiday cheer. This holiday season we can make sure to reduce the burden of environmental impact with a little effort and imagination.

We have a few ideas to help celebrate the season while caring for our beautiful, resilient, planet earth.

Wrapping gifts are always fun and necessary for many occasions, but their ill effects are numerous. It is certainly time to consider environmental costs of resource extraction, manufacture, and waste disposal.

You can create an attractive gift wrap yourself by reusing paper, fabric, or even using the Sunday comics, or simply buy the most eco-friendly gift wraps available in the world.

If you prefer buying gift wrap, look for eco-friendly content gift wrap paper whenever you can find it.

The Environmental Cost of Gift Wrap

According to the research, over 4 million tons of gift wrap and shopping bags are used. That’s approximately 6,000 football fields of paper and over 30 million trees, each and every year.

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Tea paper rose print

Gift Wrapping Psychology

People didn’t habitually wrap gifts, though the tradition has been around for a long time. So why do we always insist on hiding presents with gift wraps when they’re going to be torn open, often within hours of wrapping them in the first place?

Well-known research published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology in the early 1990s looked at our relationship to gift wrapping paper and its effects on our attitudes. The results are interesting for any gift-giver: apparently receiving a gift wrapped in pretty paper and bows cues us to feel happy.

This happy feeling positively influences our impressions about whatever is inside, making us more apt to like what we receive.

If simply wrapping a gift can make someone more likely to enjoy our gift, it’s likely we’re going to keep up with the tradition. But are there alternatives to producing and throwing away boatloads of paper, bows, and tape every year?

At Bluecat paper, we use alternatives to wood-based raw materials.  We DO NOT cut trees for paper.

You don’t need to. There is so much residual waste lying around awaiting landfill trucks. This waste is very high in cellulose that is a perfect candidate for paper. So why cut trees down when we can reduce, recycle and upcycle?

These very questions have led us to make this unique , gorgeous wrapping paper for you. Our  papers are acid-free, handmade, and tree-free. We use annual plants and agricultural wastes as the raw material resources for pulp and paper production.

We have launched a new range of gift wrap collections. All handmade and created using upcycled raw materials such a corn husk, tea, cotton rags, sugarcane, cotton and linen fiber and not to mention elephant Poo as well

Bluecat Paper gift wraps are not just for Christmas, but perfect for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries – and all other occasions! Our wrapping sheets can also be used for scrapbooking, book covering, wall posters and so many other uses.

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Dark bell flowers
Offset cotton paper

Cotton and Linen paper gift wraps offset printed and screen printed

Christmas gift wrap made with cotton paper and linen paper

Pretty floral cotton paper christmas gift wrap bursting with printed floral designs. These wrapping papers are sustainable & biodegradable causing zero harm to the environment. The paper colors are available in white, dark green and light grey.

This wrapping paper is created using cotton and linen rags. It is recyclable, eco-friendly, and compostable. We have used offset printing and screen printing techniques and the inks that has been used are water based inks making the bluecat paper gift wraps, one of the greenest gift wraps in the world.

Plant fiber paper gift wraps offset printed and screen printed

This Rose print gift wrapping paper is handmade and the plant fibers used to create these beautiful gift wraps are mulberry paper banana paper and flax paper.

Mulberry paper is made from the bark of the branches of the renewable mulberry bush. Farmers often burn the twigs resulting in depletion of biomass and adding to pollution, Therefore when we arrived at the idea at Bluecat Paper, to add this to our range of tree-free paper is generated. Paper from the chopped twigs of the mulberry bush makes for a paper that is beautiful, unique, and strong.

Banana fiber is extracted from the stumps of cut banana plants. Once the banana fiber is extracted, it needs to be cut into pieces of 3 inches long and cooked, as cooking removes lignin that does not help in paper formation.  At bluecat paper, we developed a tissue former machine that can help us create smooth, beautiful, and strong banana tissue paper.

Flax is a very unique long fiber. Flax is used to make linen. Flax seeds are harvested from the flax plant. At bluecatpaper, we buy the residual waste that is used in the first process to make linen garments. This is called decorticated fiber. This works very well on being converted to paper.

Premium tea paper gift wrap specially hand printed floral designs

Tea paper? Yes. You heard that right. Residual tea leaves can indeed make the most beautiful natural handmade paper. So this season go-ahead and buy some tea paper gift wraps.

Be guilt-free with this eco-friendly tea paper gift wraps made using tea waste. This gift wrap is 100% handmade and beautiful. The gift wrap is made from uncoated paper which has a rich textured finish.

Residual tea leaves generate a huge amount of waste that can be recycled to form beautiful paper and products.

The sheets are premium quality wrapping paper, with zero added chemicals. Screen printed using environmentally friendly water-based inks.

Rose print cotton paper
Light bell prints
Offset linen paper