Each Christmas, in the UK, we collectively throw away 226,800 miles of wrapping paper, which is enough to stretch nine times around the world!
Fabric knot wrapping is a beautiful, and zero-waste, way to wrap your gifts this Christmas. Inspired by the Japanese tradition of furoshiki, which uses origami-like techniques, it is a perfect way to show thoughtfulness and care – both in the choice of wrapping and in the way the fabric is folded and tied. The other great thing is that you are giving 2 gifts in 1! A lovely scarf can either be used worn or re-used again for wrapping gifts for the next special occasion.
You can use scarves, handkerchiefs or even a vintage tea towel – which many of us already have lying around. Your local Oxfam shop will have plenty of second hand options if you need to stock up.
Just follow these seven simple steps:
1. Lay the fabric out diagonally on a clean, smooth surface. If it’s patterned on one side, put it face down.
2. Place your gift in the centre, at right angles to the edges of the fabric.
3. Take one corner of the fabric and fold it over your gift.
4. Then take the opposite corner of the fabric and fold it over the first layer.
5. Flip the whole thing over and slide it towards you.
6. Grab the two sides of the fabric, tightly. Bring them to the centre, and knot.
7. Then knot once more to complete your beautifully wrapped gift.
Try reducing your environmental impact this Christmas by wrapping a present or two using fabric knots or wrapping with recycled materials. Friends and family will be delighted with your unique and thoughtful choice of planet-friendly wrapping.
Throughout the festive season, we’ll be sharing more ways that you and families around the world can enjoy a #GreenChristmas. Stay up to date or share your own sustainability tips using the hashtag.