So my first post is going to be about furoshiki, and there is a reason for starting off with this: I spent half my childhood being embarrassed because I was told always to take some reused plastic bags to the bakers (we’re talking 20 years ago) when no-one thought of the problem we would have with plastic. And it was while I was visiting Japan that I actually stopped to think about the trash and tried to be a little greener.
So, back to 2010. Before actually setting foot in the land of the rising sun I saw something amazing in Amsterdam airport, as I was about to board. As expected from a flight to Tokyo, there were rather a lot of Japanese people. Shortly before boarding there was a family who started taking off sweaters and so on, and, unlike me, started folding them neatly. Then the mother put the pile of sweaters on a large piece of cloth, tied up the four corners and flung it over her shoulder. This, as I found out later, is a furoshiki: a square piece of cloth which they use to wrap and carry things. They basically have different kind of knots which they adapt to what they need to carry or wrap, making one single piece of cloth very handy!
Since coming back I noticed this concept had been introduced by a certain company specialising in hand-made soaps amongst other things (no names!), whether it was there before and it never caught my eye I do not now.