Elizabeth Lavin

Gifts

How to Have a Sustainable Holiday

Cut the paper carnage with plantable cards and a Japanese art form—we’ll show you how.

Of all the familiar holiday sights, there’s one that’s not so welcome: the wasteful aftermath of unwrapped presents, crinkled-up paper and plastic bows strewn everywhere, a festive disaster. This year, consider transitioning to a more eco-friendly option, furoshiki. The Japanese technique embraces the idea of reuse, wrapping gifts and more in a beautiful, versatile piece of cloth.

Furoshiki Japanese Cloth Wrapping
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down: Variations include the straightforward four-tie yotsu musubi; the bottle wrap bin tsutsumi; the padded wrap sao tsutsumi, good for picture frames; and the book carry wrap otsukai tsutsumi.

“It’s a wonderful way to wrap delicate things,” Dallas interior stylist Britni Wood says. The former co-owner of The Loveliest picked up fabric from Kufri, Mili Suleman’s sustainable, handloom-woven textile company that recently opened an appointment-only showroom in the Design District. Top off your presents with a plantable card from LoweCo., Catherine Giudici Lowe’s Dallas-based stationery line. She released a limited-edition herb collection featuring basil, thyme, mint, and parsley for the holidays.

How To Tie Bin Tsutsumi

Place the item in the middle of a square piece of fabric.

Pull two opposing corners up to the top of the bottle.

Tie a knot to sit on top of the bottle.

Wrap the remaining two corners around the middle of the bottle to tie another knot.

If this is a hostess gift, consider using a cute new dish towel, so the receiver gets double the presents.

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