Let me paint a little picture for you. It’s Christmas morning—your family is gathered around the fireplace (maybe a few mimosas in hand) and it’s time to open presents. The first person unwraps their gift (let’s hope they love it) and there are smiles all around. The second person unwraps theirs. Now it’s at this point that the paper starts to amass all over the floor. This mess just won’t do, so someone runs to the kitchen to grab a recycling vessel. Christmas and family time is so, so lovely, but boy…the amount of waste really detracts from the heartfelt nature of it all.
Plot twist: you don’t actually have to wrap you gift in wrapping paper. In fact, you can avoid that whole messy, un-eco friendly clean up all together by turning to an alternative method of wrapping. Inspired by the Japanese art of Furoshiki, you can wrap your gifts using a beautiful cloth. Furoshiki was originally invented as a method to wrap clothes at public baths, so as to not mix up your clothes with someone elses’. From there, it was used as a way to wrap goods for merchants, lunch boxes and eventually gifts. It’s sustainable and functions almost like a “double-gift”, depending on the cloth you wrap it with (like a cute tea towel).
The wrapping itself can be quite simple—we just folded the cloth a few times and tied it with a piece of twine to make a little bunch at the top. Add a fresh sprig of Rosemary in there and you have a really beautiful little package.
There you have it—easy, good for the planet, and pretty damn cute.
Photos by Brit Gill.