The combination of an impending birthday, and the not-so-suprising news that a lot of wrapping paper cannot be recycled made me stop and think. Plastic coatings, shiny foil, glitter and of course sellotape all contribute to the unsuitability of wrapping paper for recycling once the present is unwrapped and then, as it can rarely serve any other useful purpose, it’s destined for landfill. When David Attenborough demonstrated that our blue planet is now a speckled one, and that the speckled bits are plastic which is harming our marine life and working its way into our food chain, lots of us took notice, and the uplifting news is that this hasn’t simply become a hand-wringing response; people are taking action!
Graham and I are keen to phase out wrapping paper from our lives, and we know just the person who can help us, my sister, Jane. Within two days of mentioning the idea, a prototype landed on our door mat. This is material wrapping, two-sided cloth which can be used in all sorts of creative ways, not just to wrap gifts, but for other things too. The Japanese already do it and are seemingly very adept with a single square of decorative cloth. In Japan it’s known as Furoshiki (with the emphasis on the ‘o’ in the middle, in case you want to drop it into conversation!) We’d like to make it more widely available either by inspiring people to make their own, or for those like me with an allergy to sewing machines, to be able to buy, knowing that anything wrapped this way is an enhanced gift which also makes a statement.
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~ Annette Henry