Gift wrapping that doesn't cost the Earth
PRETTY presents all wrapped up under a Christmas tree is one of the simple joys of the festive season.
However, beautiful gift wrapping does not need to be expensive or detrimental to our environment.
Bridget Bunchy Recycled Gallery owner Isabella Torrisi believes all you need is a bit of love and a few great ideas.
"Gift wrapping that can be repurposed later is an excellent way to avoid wastage and the wrapping itself becomes an extra gift for the receiver,” she said.
Some reusable wrapping ideas include using a festive tea towel, pillowcase or pretty scarf.
Jars, bowls, baskets and other useful storage containers can be dressed up to hold gifts or be turned into hampers.
"These do not need to be bought new either. You may be surprised with what you already have at home that can be reused,” Mrs Torrisi said.
Her favourite suggestion is to use a Boomerang Bag, a shopping bag with handles crafted locally from recycled fabrics.
These can be found at Bridget Bunchy and other participating shops throughout Stanthorpe.
Put your gift in the bag and tie it up with a piece of ribbon.
Once it has been opened, the trendy bag can be used again and again for shopping and will be helping reduce plastic bag consumption in the process.
Mrs Torrisi said this was an excellent way to wrap a present and continue supporting a great community initiative.
For those stuck for eco-wrapping ideas or simply looking to save a few dollars, Mrs Torrisi has set up a free gift wrapping station in her Bridget Bunchy shop.
This space is filled with a whole bunch of recycled wrapping materials for anyone to use and wrapping examples to inspire.
Bridget Bunchy is open every Thursday to Sunday from 10am-4pm and is located at 117 Granite Belt Dr (Fruit Run Tourist Dr), The Summit.
Mrs Torrisi encourages everyone to head out and visit the store and be inspired.
She also has plenty of ideas for ways you can wrap your presents a little differently this year.
For more information, phone Isabella Torrisi on 0418957227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.