A mother who packed her children’s presents into storage containers instead of wrapping them in single-use paper has been slammed online for ruining the ‘magic’ of Christmas.
Sharing her idea anonymously in an Australian parenting group on Facebook, the woman said she planned to use large reusable tubs as a sustainable solution to traditional non-recyclable paper, declaring she is ‘done wrapping anything’.
‘I will use these spray painted storage containers from Kmart for all my children, for ALL events where they receive gifts,’ she wrote alongside a photo of a stack of brightly-coloured boxes.
Despite the obvious environmental benefits, many disagreed with her approach, saying it was the same as ‘handing the kids a tub of stuff’ on any day of the year.
The woman said she planned to use these large reusable tubs as a sustainable solution to traditional non-recyclable paper – but many felt it ruined the ‘magic’ of Christmas for children
‘This is something I am passionate about, reducing waste!’ she captioned her post.
She also encouraged ellow mums to ‘end the paper cuts and over-priced wrapping paper’ by finding a reusable alternative like she did.
Similar tubs are available from Kmart for $8.
But while some praised the idea, many accused her of stealing the magic of the festive season.
‘I am all for being sustainable, but now you’re just trying to ruin Christmas,’ one woman said.
‘It’s nice to open a present no matter what age you are, [but] children especially take so much pleasure unwrapping gifts,’ added another.
Others called the idea ‘boring’ and ‘pointless’.