If it was a perfect world I would not have bought these.
But we all slip up from time to time.
Now for the debate:
- Multi-purpose – suitable for child or adult birthdays
- Bargain – 1m x 5m roll for $1.99
- I had virtually no new birthday wrapping paper and have not bought any for over 10 years
- Wrapped in non-recyclable plastic wrap – contributing to waste
- Made in China – transport costs, probable exploitation of workers
- Impulse buy – do I really need it or could I have continued being innovative in my gift giving
It seems ridiculous to be buying gift wrap when I am currently working on making a series of re-useable bags from Christmas fabric for Christmas gift-giving. However, even if I find I do not need it all I am sure my granddaughters will be able to use it when going to friends’ birthday parties. You need to strike a balance between environmental and economic concerns on one hand and ensuring that children are able to engage with their peers on an equal footing without being made to feel odd or extreme.
Would you have bought this paper? What impulse buys have you made? I have heard of people who go out to buy the Sunday paper and end up buying a new car. Now that is a bit ridiculous in my opinion!