I’m all about reusing and recycling. Whether it’s turning a bookcase I found on the street into an art nook for my daughter and stocking it with recyclables for her to use in her art projects, or taking a picture frame from Goodwill and transforming it into a jewelry display, I love finding new uses for items.
The same goes for giving presents. One of my tips for living a more eco-friendly lifestyle is to save gift bags (which I seem to hoard like you wouldn’t believe) instead of using gift wrap that will most likely get tossed in the garbage.
Another alternative is to wrap up your presents in beautiful, reusable fabric.
Ann Hintze, Founder and Designer at Nuno Gift Wrap, along with co-founder Cassandra Zimmerman, creates gorgeous sustainable gift wraps inspired by the Japanese art of furoshiki, which is wrapping gifts in fabric.
Images courtesy of Nuno Gift Wrap
Not only can the recipient reuse Nuno wraps in numerous ways, from a scarf to a bag, they are made from 100% post-consumer recycled bottles!
Whether you are looking for a beautiful way to wrap up a gift from a sustainable brand or a piece of handcrafted minimalist eco-friendly jewelry, you are sure to find a Nuno Gift Wrap for every occasion.
Tell us a little about your company.
Cassandra and I worked together in NYC working for Fortune 500 companies building brands and creating campaigns. We loved working together, and we wanted to use our experience to build a brand that made a difference in the world and still held up to our high design standards. We launched Nuno to create a canvas for our own art, as well as providing a more sustainable gifting alternative.
What makes your company sustainable? What inspired you to create this type of business?
I was introduced to the Japanese art of “furoshiki” (wrapping things with fabric) as a kid, and loved using fabric or bandanas to carry books, wrap gifts or wear in my hair. I woke up one morning and realized – why is there not a standard for reusable gift fabric in the USA? We couldn’t find any brands who were making stylish and yet sustainable eco-friendly gifting options. So we decided to be the first. Nice thing about our wraps, no TAPE, no RIBBON, no SCISSORS required. Easy as pie.
What tips or advice would you offer to someone who is trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle?
We want to help people fall in love with fabric again—it’s so incredibly reusable and repurposable. An easy way to start thinking more sustainably is to begin noticing things during your day that only used once and thrown away. Make a few easy replacements (reusable bottles, bags, and straws) and you’ve made a big impact already.
Favorite sustainable /eco-friendly company (other than yours!)
After spending the last 10 years in New York City, it has been wonderful to return to my home state of Utah. I have my BFA in Graphic Design, work as freelance Creative Director, and am certifiably color-obsessed. I have to tiny humans who call me “Mom”, and spend most of my time dreaming up new patterns for Nuno or wearing a Nuno Wrap like a superhero cape.