In the United States alone, an additional 5 million (an equivalent to 25% more garbage) tons of waste is generated during the winter holidays, according to the Clean Air Council. Four million tons of this waste is attributed to wrapping paper, shopping and gift bags. In an effort to minimize these astonishing statistics are two emerging leaders, BOBOWrap and Lyziwraps.
The Stanford University Recycling Center adds, "if every American family wrapped just three presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover nearly 50k football fields." With that in mind, greener alternatives on how consumers can be gentler to the environment are crucial, particularly with the holiday season around the corner.
Dedicated to the production of top-quality merchandise that will encourage consumers to reduce unnecessary waste and be more environmentally conscious, both Lyziwraps and BOBO Wrap offer elegant reusable alternatives to paper and plastic.
BOBO Wraps, on the other hand, provide a different - but equally green - kind of solution for wrapping and carrying, inspired by the ancient tradition of “bojagi” (pronounced “BOH-jah-ghee). Based on an idea that originated centuries ago in Korea and Japan as a way to wrap and transport items before the widespread use of paper and plastic, BOBO Wraps have developed into a multi-functional personal accessory that is an alternative to traditional gift wrap, but can also be used as a purse, wine carrier, home décor and so much more. Echoing the spirit of the original bojagis, which were often made from leftover fabric, BOBO’s are made in the U.S.A. from carefully selected fabrics that already exist in the world.
Passionate about reducing nonessential waste in their own lives, and motivated by the astonishing statistics about the environment, entrepreneurs Jocelyn Childs (Lyziwraps) and Patricia Lee (BOBO Wrap) founded the companies with an intent to go green – to minimize waste, while maximizing design, functionality, reusability and sustainability.
“When the mountains of holiday waste finally became intolerable for me, I began my quest to evangelize the ancient tradition of wrapping with fabric,” said Patricia Lee, Founder and Creative Director, BOBO Wrap. “This beautiful, simple and eco-friendly alternative to wasteful gift wrap has existed for hundreds of years - it just needed to be rediscovered.”
Being sustainable and environmentally-friendly, BOBO Wrap and Lyziwraps are leading the trend of replacing paper and plastic with solutions that are eco-friendly, multi-functional, user-friendly and convenient.