Furoshiki: The Art of Japanese Fabric Wrapping [Visual Guide]

Many of the most revered Japanese arts have emerged from something that was first intended for practical uses. Such is the case with Japanese calligraphy, the solution to a growing need for a uniform script in the administrative process, and Kintsugi, which originated as an elegant way to repair broken pottery. Furoshiki is no different. The term, which literally translates to โ€œbath (furo) spread (shiki),โ€ was first used in the Nara period (710โ€“794) as a means to protect valuable goods.

Since, the Japanese have mastered the art of doling fabric to transport and wrap items. This has evolved into a popular practice in cultures around the world as a versatile, environmentally-friendly way to carry bottles, food, and everyday necessities, and has also become a modern alternative to holiday gift-wrapping.

Below are some of the basic Furoshiki wrapping techniques that invaluable has visualized to help guide you.

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Easy Ways to Save on Energy Costs [Infographic]

When we think of things that pollute or harm the environment, what usually comes to mind are things like factories and cars. But did you know that your own home can be a cause for pollution?

The power that we use at home has to come from somewhere, and if you’re getting your power from a power plant, every unit of electricity you are using contributes to pollution and an increase in CO2 levels.

That’s not to say we shouldn’t use electricity at all! It’s a part of modern life. Indeed, there are ways we can use less electricity and get our electricity from more sustainable sources to help reduce our carbon footprint.

As far as reducing electricity is concerned, simple changes like making better use of existing power consumption – such as by improving insulation to make air conditioning and heating more effective – can have drastic results.

For alternative sources of power, solar panels are becoming cheaper and cheaper and many homes are able to get almost all of their power from solar alone.

The infographic below from Portable Energy Gurus lists 17 ways you can save energy and reduce both your power bill and carbon footprint.

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7 Tips for reducing Waste in your Garden

Garden waste can be a big problem if you donโ€™t take care of it properly. You might find yourself filling up rubbish sacks every week with everything you can throw away โ€“ or worse, it could be building up on your land and staying there. To keep your garden neat and reduce waste, try these seven tips.

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Natural Car Cleaning Hacks [Infographic]

The Zebra created this amazing guide for car owners who want to keep their cars clean and tidy while still being environmentally friendly. The guide lists different interior and exterior cleaning mixtures for every type of gunk and grime your car will run into. It also lists different tips and tricks for saving water and minimizing waste.

Using eco-friendly products when cleaning your car is important to not harming the environment. Phosphorous, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals known as โ€œVolatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)โ€ are the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners. VOCs and many of the aforementioned chemicals are found in some of the most popular car cleaning products.

Not only do using natural household products help save the environment, but also helps save you money. Check out the infographic below to learn the best green cleaning mixtures for your car.

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Off-Grid Lifestyle in the City [Infographic]

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the stresses of living an inner-city life? If so, you may have considered going โ€˜off-gridโ€™. This self-sufficient lifestyle disconnects you from the electricity grid, water supply and gas mains, whilst allowing you to live a more cost-effective, and eco life-style. There are 75,000 Brits who are choosing this way of life.

While becoming completely self-sufficient isnโ€™t an option for many people, the dream of a less stressful life is alluring.

To help, Insulation Express have uncovered how to get the โ€˜off-gridโ€™ lifestyle whilst living in a city:

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