A centuries-old tradition may provide a stylish solution to the modern problem of waste created by single-use plastic and paper bags. Former Japanese environmental minister Yuriko Koike launched a campaign to revive the furoshiki, a type of square wrapping cloth. Originally used to hold clothes at public baths, furoshiki can be folded in many ways--depending on whether you're toting books, groceries, or a bottle of wine--and adorned with patterns as chic as any Prada bag.
May 21, 2007
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