Sustainable Wrapping Paper

Gift wrapped in Papillon wrapping paper and tied with double satin ribbon in sage.

Majority of the wrapping paper designs from Emballage can either be recycled or composted. All our papers are printed with non-toxic ink at a minimum, many with water-based ink (even better!). 

We've made it easy to know if the gift wrap you choose is either recyclable or compostable by adding a  recyclable symbol or  compostable symbol on the relevant product page.


There are also a few things that you can do to increase the chance of your wrapping paper ending up recycled or composted.

To recycle paper:

  • Scrunch the paper into balls, keeping each design separate from the other. This way, if something that can't be recycled ends up in your recycling bin, it can be pulled out at the depot without removing the recyclable elements with it.
  • You don't need to remove sticky tape - this gets removed as part of the 'washing' process.

To compost paper:

  • Use biodegradable sticky tape when wrapping your gifts. True 'cello' tape is biodegradable as it's made from plant-based material, and usually has a yellow colour on the roll. If your sticky tape isn't biodegradable, you'll need to remove it before adding the paper to your compost or green bin.
  • Tear the paper into small pieces (or shred) to assist with the breakdown process. This is especially important if you're adding it to your home compost.


For more information on composting and recycling wrapping paper in Australia, read more on our blog.