Furoshiki and other alternatives to bags

I found this via jill/txt: “How to use ‘Furoshiki'” from the Ministry of the Environment in Japan. Basically, a furoshiki is traditional way of folding a square cloth to carry stuff. I also found this YouTube video where a dude in the store makes a couple of different furoshiki bags. I was both amused and oddly comforted by the fact that at the end of that YouTube video, we see Japanese folks carrying their wares out of the furoshiki store in– I kid you not– paper bags.

Anyway, I don’t know if the furoshiki is a practical solution for my grocery shopping, but I have been thinking lately that it might be worthwhile to invest in some basic canvas shopping bags. Eco-friendly, convenient, etc.

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