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How to Have a Sustainable Holiday

Cut the paper carnage with plantable cards and a Japanese art form—we’ll show you how.
By Caitlin Clark |
Furoshiki Japanese Cloth Wrapping
Elizabeth Lavin

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

furoshiki bin tsutsumi wrapping diagram step1

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

furoshiki bin tsutsumi wrapping diagram step2

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

furoshiki bin tsutsumi wrapping diagram step3

Tie a knot to sit on top of the bottle.

furoshiki bin tsutsumi wrapping diagram step4

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

furoshiki bin tsutsumi wrapping diagram step5

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