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 “bath (furo) spread (shiki),” was first used in the Nara period (710–794) 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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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 “Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)” 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 ‘off-grid’. 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 isn’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 ‘off-grid’ lifestyle whilst living in a city:

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How to Create an Eco-Friendly Classroom [Infographic]

This useful guide shows how you can make an eco-friendly classroom by making some switches regarding energy, water and supplies and encouraging recycling.

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Home Insulation & Energy Efficiency Guide [Visual]

This in-depth online guide about the importance of energy efficiency and insulation in our homes shares useful information, such as:

  1. Why energy efficiency is so important, and how it can lessen our impact on the environment.
  2. Practical tips and advice about home insulation and how to ensure your property is well-insulated.
  3. Ways to save energy and reduce costs via smart meters, energy efficient lighting, and government green incentives.
  4. Other useful information about energy efficiency that families could find very helpful.

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