What is Furoshiki
The practice of Furoshiki originates in Japan where material is routinely used to wrap objects for carrying, wrapping gifts, making adhoc bags and any other occasion an object may need wrapped. Furoshiki fabric is knotted to enclose the item, requiring no further string, ribbon or adhesive to hold the package together.
Why Furoshiki Giftwrap
Each year hundreds of thousands of miles of paper and plastic based giftwrap ends up in landfill at Christmas time alone. This figure skyrockets when you consider birthdays and other occasions throughout the year. We hope to provide a high quality alternative giftwrap material that can be reused again and again.
I recycle my wrapping paper, so why do I need this
There are very few recyclable wrapping paper in the UK market that are able to be recycled. Small quantities of plastic, foil and glitter render the giftwrap unsuitable for recycling by most normal recycling centres, alongside the sellotape or adhesive used to secure the wrapping. Aside from this the process of recycling paper that is suitable combined with the production and other associated costs are non-trivial. With Furoshiki a single wrap can be reused many times.
I don’t feel comfortable asking for wrapping paper back
In the UK we have evolved a general throw-away culture and it’s understandable that it may seem strange to give someone a gift and then take the wrapping back. In Japanese culture, furoshiki wrap is happily returned to the giver of the gift with thanks. We don’t believe that you should feel uncomfortable keeping your giftwrap, as the gift inside is the important part! Alternatively you can use the wraps within friend and family groups, or you can provide the wrap as part of the gift and share the love!