“Eco-friendly”, “going green”, “environmentally friendly” are terms that describe activities and products that are good for the environment. It’s that time of year when Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year according to Stanford University’s Building & Grounds Maintenance Department’s website.

I have been a fan of Furoshiki for a few years. It is the beautiful Japanese tradition of using a simple square of silk or nylon cloth as a means of wrapping and carrying just about anything. In the past, I’ve used scarves to wrap gifts. What fun it is to watch the gift recipient unwrap a scarf to reveal a gift! This year I used a beautiful scarf to wrap a birthday gift for a good friend. You’ll see in these pictures how I wrapped the gift and once the gift was opened, the scarf then became an exquisite accessory to a chic outfit that can be worn just about anywhere.

Have you ever used Furoshiki for anything? I would love to hear your story.