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Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping: Furoshiki

There are lots of ecofriendly gift wrap options out there if you’re feeling the traditional, paper wrapping thing. If you want to branch out a bit, though, you might try wrapping some gifts this year using the traditional Japanese method furoshiki. Hereís how!

Rather than paper that gets tossed after a single use, furoshiki involves wrapping gifts in beautiful cloth that can be used over and over again! The Japanese Ministry of the Environment has a great visual guide showing how to wrap all sorts of gift items.

For a little more detail on the various methods, check out the great video demonstration above.

Pretty awesome, right? You can really use any pretty piece of fabric as long as itís big enough. Want to be even more eco-friendly this gift-giving season? Try making your own gifts rather than buying them from the store.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her lifeís mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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7:01AM PST on Jan 21, 2013

Looks fantastic! Thanks for posting.

7:04PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Thanks

2:22AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Thanks for the information.

8:39AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

This is a great idea...Loved the examples in the video...Thanks for sharing!!

10:36AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

This is fantastic, I've been doing it for a while, and is just great. Thanks for the bottle idea.

7:03AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

I'm sharing this with some of my family. I think it's really neat and a great alternative to wrapping paper!

8:32PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

I wrap all gifts in brand new :towels, tablecloths, hand towels, dish towels, bandanna's etc. The ribbon I use to tie them is reusable. Been doing it this way over 20 yrs now!
Great for small gift bags, sew 2 small facecloths together , so it fits over your hand, leaving the "wrist end"open, great for using small slivers of soap, and they don't fall off your hand. If you use 2 "dish washing cloths" it makes a slightly larger "bag" which can then be used over your hand as a scrub cloth!

7:59PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

That's a really great idea! Thanks for sharing!

3:36PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Well, Carol P., the whole point IS that the fabric is reused. It evens says that in article. Most Japanese people always carry with them a very large handkerchief (can't remember what it's called), which can be used for things like this, besides wiping tears, etc. The Japanese do have some bad habits environmentally, but they recycle far better than we do. Most people I know in Arkansas, don't recycle. I try to get everyone I know to do it, but they ignore me. So that's my POV.
Thanks Becky Striepe for the article! I love it.

9:34AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

this even looks better than ordinary wrapping paper, nice. thanks

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