Talking Points: Is gift-wrapping a waste of paper?

Talking Points: Is gift-wrapping a waste of paper?

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Law Yan-hei, 14, Tin Wai Methodist College

It definitely is. Since most people use it only once, it is a huge waste of paper. And it’s really unnecessary. You can just put your gift in a paper bag that the recipient can reuse later.

Li Hoi-man, 15, Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School 

No, I don’t think so. Before we give a gift to our friends or family, it is customary to wrap it as best as we can. When people receive a beautifully wrapped present, they can see that you put a lot of love and thought into your gift. 

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Chow Wing, 13, PLK Lee Shing Pik College

Yes, definitely. I think it is unnecessary to wrap a gift with beautiful paper; it would be much better if we used things like old newspapers. The wrapping is not important as long as your present suits the occasion. 

Kalista Liu, 16, Fung Kai No 1 Secondary School

In my opinion, it’s a big, fat “yes”. Every year, a tonne of paper is wasted on gift wrapping. Although it is a lovely tradition to give your loved ones a nicely wrapped gift, it is not good for our planet. I don’t think we should stop wrapping presents, but instead find other materials that are more environmentally friendly, such as a colourful scarf, that can make your gift truly special. 

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Ashley Joey Leung, 17, St Margaret’s Girls’ College

Yes, it is. Realistically, we only appreciate the wrapping for a very short time before throwing it away after opening our gift. Wrapping paper only adds to the growing pile of waste in our landfills. Why don’t we use something reusable like fabric? Not only is it better for the environment, we also won’t have to spend money on ribbon!

Ivan Tsao Chun-kit, 14, Carmel Secondary School

I don’t think it is. The way I see it is gift wrapping can be environmentally friendly, we just have to use the right materials. For example, we can use materials like newspaper or magazine pages to wrap our gifts with. You don’t need to go out and buy new wrapping paper. THAT would be a waste.

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Chan Boer, 15, China Holiness Church Living Spirit College

I think it is unnecessary to wrap gifts. The wrapping paper will just be thrown away anyway. Although wrapping paper is beautiful, it is very wasteful, and is not good for the environment. Try making drawstring bags out of fabric for your gifts. They’re not too difficult or expensive to make, and it’s something the recipient can reuse (not to mention they’re perfect for those odd-shaped presents).

Chloe Lau Hong-ching, 13, St. Mary’s Canossian College

Gift-wrapping is definitely a waste of paper and resources. Firstly, it is not environmentally friendly, as we just throw the wrapping away after using it once. Secondly, it is a waste of money. Gift-wrapping is often quite expensive, but not very useful. I think it’s better to go green and say not to gift-wrapping!

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Liang Keying, 16, HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 3 Secondary School

I think gift-wrapping is huge waste of paper. I understand that people want to make their present look beautiful and create a sense of mystery, but it’s not worth the harm this tradition does to the environment. It’s the thought behind the gift that really matters, not the paper it’s wrapped in.

Mandy Liu, 12, St Paul’s School (Lam Tin)

It is definitely a waste of paper. Most presents you buy come in a box or a paper bag, there is no need to wrap them in paper. Too much paper is wasted during Christmas time, we should all try to lessen our waste this year.


In our next Talking Points, we’ll discuss:

Should parents be allowed to track their children’s whereabouts via their mobile phones?

We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to yp@scmp.com by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

Edited by Nicole Moraleda

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