Recycled and Eco-Friendly Woven Baskets, Japanese Shi Fu Paper Yarns

Recycled and Eco-Friendly Woven Baskets

Mondoro recently discovered a new interesting recycled and eco-friendly material that we can use to weave home decor products. This material is a paper that is similar to an ancient Japanese paper yarn technique.

For hundreds of years, the Japanese have been using paper to spin and make yarns for clothes and other items. Today, companies build upon this ancient Japanese paper yarn technique to produce recycled and eco-friendly paper bamboo yarns. We can use these paper materials to weave products such as baskets and other items.

A Hand-woven Basket Out of the Japanese Paper Material
A Hand-woven Basket Out of The Japanese Paper Material

Japanese Tosa-Washi Paper and Shi Fu Paper Yarns

Japanese Tosa-Washi paper has a 1,000-year history. The Tosa-Washi paper is known for its high quality and artistry. Over time the Japanese discovered they could spin the paper into threads or yarns.

Shi Fu is a cloth that is woven from these Japanese spun paper yarns. The Shi Fu yarns are spun from the paper pulp of the mulberry tree.

The Japanese used the yarns for weaving cloth by putting the paper yarns on either the warp or weft of the loom. Traditionally the cloth was mixed with silk or hemp. These yarns were once popular for weaving fabric and then being made into clothes.

The clothes woven out of the Shi Fu yarns were warmer than the same clothes made of cotton. This is why in many parts of Japan, the clothes with Shi Fu yarns became a substitute for cotton yarns.

The Washi cloth as many of these clothes became know was not only warmer but also lighter than other woven materials. The material was able to absorb sweat, was washable and soft.

Recycled Woven Paper Yarns

The same basic techniques the Japanese used to make the paper yarns have been refined to produce interesting material that is used to weave home decor products. Today many companies are selling paper materials that are modeled after these traditional Japanese Shi Fu or Washi paper yarns.

These innovative companies are finding ways to use paper yarns to make paper bamboo or rattan materials used in both the fashion and home decor industry. The paper yarns are made from recycled paper such as old grain bags, milk cartons, and other paper waste. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not used in any of the production.

These paper yarns are known to be very flexible, especially when compared to bamboo and rattan. They also handle cutting, tearing, and bonding of the threads. Many of them have waterproof capabilities.

Paper weaving yarns come in a variety of colors and finishes. There is even a natural finish that looks like natural bamboo or rattan.

A Purse Hand-woven Out of the Japanese Paper Material
A Purse Hand-woven Out of the Japanese Paper Material

How Paper Recycling Helps The Environment

One of the great things about this material is that paper yarns use recycled materials. Studies have shown that recycled paper products have a huge impact on our environmental footprint.

Here are some statistics as to why using recycled paper is a responsible choice:

  • When a paper is buried in a landfill, the waste paper will release 23 times methane gas which is more harmful than C02.
  • The incineration of waste paper uses twice as much energy as it does to produce recycled paper.
  • Recycling paper can reduce CO2 emissions by 20% compared to incinerating paper; recycling paper is a far cleaner option.
  • Paper fiber has a long life and can be recycled 4 or 5 times.
  • 31% less energy is used to create recycled paper than making virgin fiber paper or paper from scratch.
  • Producing 1 tonne of recycled paper takes 35,000 fewer liters (9,246 gallons) of water than producing 1 tonne of virgin paper fiber; this means recycled paper also saves water significantly.
  • It takes about 1.2 tonnes of recycled paper fibers to make 1 tonne of Cocoon or high white recycled paper; it takes 2.5 tonnes of wood to make 1 tonne of virgin fiber paper.

The technology of recycling paper continues to improve. With the improvement of technology comes the improvement of recycled paper and the different ways to use recycled paper. The weaving of the papers into home decor products is one way to use recycled paper in a new way.

Using Paper Weave in Home Decor Products

There are many ways that this paper weave can be used for home decor products. Here are some of the ways that we see they can be used:

  • Bags and Baskets – One way that paper products are being used is with bags and home decor baskets.
  • Bathroom Accessories – We feel that the recycled paper would also make some great bathroom accessories as the material has some waterproof qualities.
  • Mirrors, Lamps, and Lighting -Can use paper material to substitute for any natural materials for home decor products.

We love this new innovative material and feel it has many significant uses for the home furniture and home decor industry. It will also help responsible companies show they care about the environment and recycling.

If you were interested in developing some recycled and eco-friendly home furniture or home decor products we would love to talk with you. Please feel free to contact Anita by clicking here or contact me by email by clicking here. At Mondoro we love to you create, develop and manufacture amazing home decor products.

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Anita Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Hummel. I am the President of Mondoro. I am passionate about helping you CREATE, DEVELOP, and MANUFACTURE home decor and home furnishing products. I am also an avid blogger with a love of travel and riding my motorcycle around the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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