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Furoshiki – A Sustainable Alternative to Wrapping Paper


Today, I would like to show you my favorite, sustainable alternative to wrapping paper. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas wrapping paper that glitters and sparkle, but once I found out that it is not possible to recycle it, I decided to look for more sustainable alternatives. At the end of the video, I will show you how you can easily find out if you can recycle your wrapping paper.

One sustainable alternative to a wrapping paper is to reuse small dust bags made of cloth. You can also buy gift bags made of hemp or other natural fiber.

My favorite minimalist wrapping method is called furoshiki. It’s an ancient Japanese wrapping method where one uses cloth instead of paper. My mom tie-died these silk scarves, and as I do not wear them often, I decided to use them this year for furoshiki. You can use a scarf, a colorful cloth that you have at home, or buy a furoshiki wrapping cloth in a local arts and crafts store.

The method is easy and so popular that you can find many tutorials online. I think that it’s a practical and useful wrapping method since you offer two gifts at once.

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Now, to the scrunch test: the easiest way to find out if your wrapping paper is recyclable is to try to scrunch it. If it bounces back, it’s not recyclable. Don’t forget to remove all remains of sticky tape, ribbons, and bows, as well as name tags with glitter. Also, if you can scrunch the wrapping paper, but there is glitter on it that you can’t remove, it has to go to general waste. That applies to Christmas cards with glitter as well.

I hope you found this article and the video on sustainable wrapping alternatives inspiring.

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Thank you for watching, and I wish you a very merry Christmas.