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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We’ve all seen the extent of the effect single-use plastics are having on the environment.
Not only do they pollute the environment and introduce highly toxic chemicals into the food chain, they pose a direct threat to marine wildlife.
One of the most recent examples is Frito, the seahorse found entangled in fishing line among a rubbish in Florida. Thanks to a local resident and her daughters, Frito was successfully rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and returned to the wild – although most stories aren’t as positive.
There’s certainly a long way to go in cleaning up our planet’s oceans but it seems that both the UK government and global corporations are beginning to make changes that will have a positive impact.
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Bottled water is a booming industry, and its sales continue to grow. In the US alone, 97 billion bottles of bottled water are bought each year.
But, is bottled water really that much better than its tap water counterpart? Is it any safer, tastier, or healthier than tap water? And, what about the environmental impact of plastic bottles?
In the infographic below, we compare the differences between bottled water and tap water. You’ll also learn why bottled water really isn’t much better than tap water:
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The fracking boom is flooding the world with Ziploc bags, ketchup packets, and single-use spoons.
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