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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feather w.
Feather W.11 months ago

good way to give a scarf.

Teresa W.
Teresa W.11 months ago

beautiful, thank you

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago

Looks fantastic! Thanks for posting.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for the information.

Shelley G.
S G.2 years ago

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

Alicia v.
Alicia V.2 years ago

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

Tana D.3 years ago

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

Michelle Bedard-hyland
Michelle Bedard3 years ago

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!