This post is part of a series called Nuscheli Lifestyle, which is here to highlight the many different uses of Nuscheli cloths.
Every holiday season about 4 million (!) tons of gift wrap and decorations end up in our landfills. That’s just in the U.S.! Imagine worldwide… With the holiday season at our doorstep, it’s a good time to take a moment to come up with a strategy for avoiding or limiting excess waste and for considering our environment during this festive time of year.
The Japanese are the pioneers in sustainable gift wrapping with a long history of Furoshiki Wrapping Cloths. We can lean on their tradition and knowledge, and use this same method of wrapping with our Nuscheli cloths. A Nuscheli is a simple, beautiful and eco-friendly way to wrap objects for gifts. And best of all, they can be re-used over and over again after gifting. A gift wrap that keeps giving!
There are several different ways to wrap an object Furoshiki-style. The simplest is placing the Nuscheli on a diagonal in front of you and placing the gift in the center of the Nuscheli. Tie two opposite corners in a knot and then the other opposite pair. To dress up a gift for the holidays, you can simply take a piece of something compostable (twig, lavender, dried flowers etc) and tie a second finishing knot around it. Et voilà!
You may have a stack of used Nuscheli, which your baby might have outgrown that you can use as gift wrapping, or you can gift wrap with a brand new Nuscheli, especially if you are gifting a new mother! She can use it for her baby after unwrapping. But if the receiver of the gift does not have young children, you can mention that they can wrap gifts themselves with it, or use it as a wash cloth, cleaning rag, or to wrap food with.
Give it a try! Your tree will look wonderful with an array of Nuscheli-wrapped gifts! And how great if we can make a targeted effort to lowering the yearly waste from holiday gift wrap and decorations!
P.S. Even if the receiver of your Nuscheli-wrapped gift ends up throwing away the Nuscheli by accident, know that it will not add to the landfill, because they will biodegrade (compost) naturally and safely back into our eco-system! You can’t go wrong! Zero-waste guaranteed!