UNWRAPPING THE PAPER PROBLEM – THE 108 MILLION ROLLS OF WRAPPING PAPER WE THROW AWAY AT CHRISTMAS

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  • With Brits set to bin 108 million rolls of wrapping paper this Christmas, npower have set out how many trees go into our holiday traditions
  • Every year a forest the size of Wales is cut down to provide all of Britain’s paper
  • Recycling doesn’t solve the problem as most wrapping paper can’t be recycled
  • npower together with Trees for Cities have planted over 100,000 trees helping customers to go green

wrapping paperChristmas is the time for mince pies, Christmas trees, and wrapped gifts. Whether it’s the crackling of the fire or the crinkling of the wrapping paper, there’s the noise of families and friends coming together and having a jolly time.

But while it’s the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also one of the most wasteful. To make just one tonne of wrapping paper, it takes six mature trees – meaning 50,000 trees are cut down each year so we can wrap presents.

To support Britain’s forests, npower have partnered with environmental agency Trees for Cities, to plant over 100,000 trees in urban areas across the country and have recently launched a study and a campaign into what we know about our trees – from identifying leaves to planting new ones.

Wrapping Up Warm

To wrap the UK’s presents, it takes 108 million rolls of wrapping paper – and with five million tonnes of paper sent to landfill in the UK every year, the conscientious among us try to reuse paper.

Whilst reusing paper is better than throwing it away, wrapping paper is flimsy and often falls apart. Recycling barely helps with the problem of wrapping paper waste, as due to weak fibres in cheap paper and the various non-paper additives like colouring, glitter, and plastics, wrapping paper often can’t be recycled, and instead goes to landfill or incineration.

That’s a Wrap

So what can be done? Some of the best options for preserving the world’s forests include using reusable alternatives to wrapping, like fabric bags and containers – or even keeping presents unwrapped.

And to help replenish the number of trees we cut down for wrapping paper, signing up to npower’s Go Green Energy Fix Tariff can also help; for every customer who signs to the tariff, one tree will be planted in a UK city. Find out how you can support Britain’s trees on the npower website here.

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