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  • 6 Sustainable-Yet-Beautiful Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

    November 16, 2023 - by Blythe Copeland

    "The United States produces 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper every year, and half of that—approximately 2.3 million pounds—winds up in landfills," says Andrea Zoellner, co-founder of Keiko Furoshiki reusable gift wrap. While the paper industry's impact on biodiversity and local communities is a year-round issue, says Zoellner, it's especially pertinent during the holidays. "With the holiday season, the demand for virgin fiber specifically—as opposed to recycled—increases, since new material is easier to turn into the kind of glossy, colorful wrapping paper customers want."

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  • Meet Keiko Furoshiki, the Brand Bringing Color and History to Gift Wrapping

    December 22, 2023 - by Jane Kim

    "Keiko Kira and her family founded Keiko Furoshiki as a way to combat disposable paper gift wrapping while also spreading the rich history and culture of Japan through its bold and vibrant designs. Furoshiki, which are multipurpose fabric cloths, are often used to transport common household items or reusable gift wrapping.

    Using colorful schemes that resemble Japan's natural landscapes and centuries' worth of wrapping techniques, Kira is educating diverse communities on how they can be sustainable during the holiday season."

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  • Meet Keiko Kira

    November 30, 2023 - by Canvas Rebel Editors

    "Keiko, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. What’s been the most meaningful project you’ve worked on?

    My most meaningful project is definitely starting a family business Keiko Furoshiki with my son Tyler and daughter-in-law Andrea. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. I am a Japanese-American who was born in Japan and came to the US as a teenager. Because of my background, I embrace our similarities and respect our differences when I meet people. To me, our community becomes larger and more accepting of each other when we connect with others and share the beauty of different cultures and traditions. How do I reach out to people to make this connection? Well, my medium happens to be visual art."

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