"Can I ask for it back?" is the most common question we get.
Having chatted to lots of people about this the general consensus is that if it is someone you know well - friends and family - sure! Or you can give safe in the knowledge you'll get it back at the next festive occasion. The other scenario is if you know they really aren't the kind of type to reuse the wrap, that's probably OK to ask for it back too. Note that in countries where this tradition is more common such as Japan, it is understood that you return the Furoshiki to the owner, having appreciated the fine wrapping.
Today, many people who use The Fabric Wrapping Co.'s wraps choose to make the wrap part of the gift - passing it on to spread the reusable love throughout the world. Some *may* have suggested that means they could give a less expensive gift. Particularly when giving wine in one of our reusable wine bottle bags!
Are your products eco-friendly?
Our reusable gift wrap and bottle bags are designed to be used again and again, a huge step towards a zero-waste Christmas or birthday. Imagine instead of that mountain of wrapping, plastic and cardboard each Christmas there is instead a lovely pile of fabric wraps. Fold up and they are ready for use next year!
What materials are used depends with each wrap and bag. In general they are a mix of materials including cotton and polyesters. We realise this is not perfect and are working to try and use waste and organic materials in how we make our wraps. We do feel that given each wrap or bottle bag can be used for a lifetime of giving, on balance it is still a huge waste reduction, albeit imperfect. We buy materials and make them locally, endeavouring to minimise our transport footprint.
Cottons - prints such as the batiks, houndstooth and zig zags are sourced locally.
Satin - we have backed some of our wraps with satin (polyester) as it gives the wrap a much more luxurious feel. However, we are working on finding a sustainable and affordable alternative.
Trims. the pom poms and tassels are made from a mix of cotton and polyester. The ribbons are made of satin, which is a polyester. We are trying to find an alternative that still has such a lovely hand-feel.
Vintage scarves - these are generally made of silk, polyester or nylon. We buy them from second hand dealers locally here in London.
We welcome any further questions or suggestions. Please contact us if you have any more you would like to know.
Who makes the wraps and bottle bags?
We do. We measure, cut, pin and sew them on our kitchen tables. They are made to order so where possible we can tailor the order to individual requests. After careful checking we pack and send them with several gift tags for your first few gifts. Some people may be surprised how they come - they are often packaged in re-used packaging materials. If they are from Natasja that might just be an Australia Post tough bag!