We all have learned or at least know the rule of 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Today the world is realizing nature’s importance more than ever before since the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic broke out.

Slowly but surely at least some of us are switching to green habits.

Most of us appreciate our only home – our planet but then again, if you are not taking steps towards protecting it, you are somehow harming it. Various elements such as domestic waste pollute the environment. The little things we use at an individual level in everyday life carry the potential to turn into big hazards a few years later. A piece of plastic takes about 50 to 500 years to get decomposed. Think over it. The cellophane wrap paper that you used to wrap chocolates for your kid’s birthday last week must be laying in the dumping yard somewhere.

In this digital era, we are mostly sending wishes to each other through social media platforms and mobile apps but there’s nothing like giving a physical gift to communicate and treasure precious feelings between family, friends, and loved ones.

Truth be told, gift wrapping brings the same challenge as dressing well to any special occasion. You want it to look sophisticated, neat, and pretty not realizing its waste, exploitation, and environmental impact.

That is not always the easiest thing to pull off. Unknowingly the utilization of wrappers and ribbons that goes into wrapping one gift, the synthetic chemicals and dyes used to produce it, make those materials unbefitting for recycling, composting, or even burning.

First impression lasts forever. Just like that, many times appearance of a gift box matters more than what’s inside it.  We are no environment experts and neither gifting experts – but we surely can guide you on how to make your gift wrapping eco-friendly yet aesthetic with Japanese style gift wrapping Techniques.

In Japanese culture, gift wrapping is as imperative as the gift, where the gift is viewed as a form of communication between the giver and the receiver. The wrapping plays a key role in shaping the messaging associated with the gift.

In short, the wrapping is by nature a part of the gift itself and reflects the emotions behind the gift.

1. Sakura Gift Wrapping:

In the cherry blossom season of Japan, trees are covered in beautiful pink petals and those petals fall on the ground creating a gorgeous Sakura carpet. Inspired by the same, Sakura gift wrapping style includes diagonal half & half gift wrapping, and once completed, the package looks as attractive as Japan’s botanic gardens. The frame-worthy wrap papers used in it are generally fully recyclable.

2. Furoshiki Gift Wrapping:

Furoshiki are traditional Japanese clothes used to carry belongings and wrap gifts. It requires a square-shaped wrapping clot that is elegant and eco-friendly at the same time.

Furoshiki Gift Wrapping might appear as convoluted, but it’s easy, making it an effortless way to wrap and present your gifts on any celebration – especially festivities like Diwali, Navratri, Christmas, Eid, and so on. Modern Furoshiki is admired as a cost-effective and resource-efficient alternative to conventional wrapping papers.

3. Kimono Gift Wrapping:

Known to be the perfect choice for rectangular-shaped gifts like books, watches, or sweets boxes; Kimono gift wrapping has been derived from the well-known Japanese dress – Kimono. Containing a few ingredients but providing a great creative effect Kimono wrapping is quite complicated but once you learn its technique, there’s no going back to ordinary gift wrapping.

4. Wine Bottle Wrapping:

One more environmentally-friendly gift wrapping way is wrapping wine bottles Furoshiki style. In modern times, gifting a bottle of wine isn’t rare. Most of the time when you’re wrapping wine, you either put it in a box or some flimsy gift bags. But with the Furoshiki wrapping style, presenting that esteemed bottle of wine gets the elements of sustainability and beauty added to it. Sounds cool, isn’t it? So, dig into your closet and find an old piece of fabric and master the art of wrapping wine bottles!

5. Round Box Wrapping:

If you have ever given gifts in round boxes or cylindrical packages (think cookies, mug, sweets, etc) you know gift wrapping might be rather tricky. When the object is round, it’s hard to know where to fold your paper without wrinkling it or making the gift look awkward. With the round box wrapping method, you can wrap up that round object, straightforwardly!

If skilled properly; one can easily make the gifting experience remarkable as well as of zero-waste. Committing to eco-friendly gift wrap is not synonymous with boring gift giving. It’s time to pass on everlasting love to the gift receiver and our planet by learning how to wrap presents faster than the traditional method with Japanese Gift Wrapping techniques. Nudge Passion in collaboration with Vesture Academy of Arts & Crafts brings an Online Japanese Gift Wrapping Workshop for all ages on the 10th of February 2022, where the participants will get amazing insights on prominent Japanese Gift Wrapping styles. Go sustainable, learn to wrap your gifts skilfully and in seconds!

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Happy gifting!

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