It may seem like a green thing to do, but don't use used gift wrap to start a fire in the fireplace. The high levels of inks, dyes and metallic flecks in gift wrap can emit harmful chemicals into the air when burned. Many paper recycling facilities cannot recycle glossy paper, and adding old gift wrap to the used paper stream can contaminate it, making a whole load of recyclables useless. Instead, when disposing of shiny and colorful wrapping paper, either reuse it or throw it away. When wrapping presents in the future, think less is more: Simple recycled kraft paper can do the job and is totally recyclable and perfectly fine to use as a firestarter.