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Midori-Dori Gift Wrap: Practical With Island Flair

Originally Posted: November 09, 2010

No gift wrapping skills required. (Midor-dori)

A sewn on elegant bow adds elegance to the gift wrap.

Southampton - Take a traditional furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth), add a sewn on elegant bow, and bright, vibrant island inspired colors and you have the Midori-dori gift wrap - practical, attractive and ecologically friendly - what a gift!

Born and raised in Hawaii inventor Stacy Uyehara fondly recalled Japanese dancing lessons and the tradition of wrapping her kimono in a traditional furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloth) after her lesson was over. "The furoshiki is a really neat tradition with many uses dating back centuries in Japan, including its use as a gift wrap. This pretty cloth can be fashioned in many designs but lacks the traditional 'bow' which is the finishing touch on gift wrap as we know it. So, I added one. Not just a ribbon, but an actual elegant bow. After re-working the design many times - I wanted to ensure ease-of-use and a sleek 'real gift wrap look' which was elegant, sophisticated and beautiful - Midori-dori offers everything I envisioned."

After several years of observing the amount of trash generated in her own apartment building, especially during the holidays, and after the building trash compactor became inoperable "We needed to walk our trash bags of torn-up but used-only-once wrapping paper, ribbons and bows down to the side of the dumpster, as even the extra trash dumpsters (delivered in anticipation of the Christmas overload) were all overflowing" Uyehara launched Midori-dori (patent pending).

Colorful fabrics make the gift wrap appropriate for any occasion.

"Considering we recycle our 8 x 11" letter-size paper at the office, the large sheets of torn up wrapping paper we were dumping left me feeling very careless (not even considering the cost of the fancy paper and adornments). In addition, I started to notice that I wasn't enjoying having to wrap so many gifts. It almost became a task taking out the papers, tissue, boxes, ribbons and bows - measuring, cutting, taping, and tying - putting it all away - and then taking it all out again to wrap a few more gifts which I would, undoubtedly, always forget until the last minute when I was completely out of time. Probably less enjoyable was taking out all the wrapping supplies (from our very cluttered closet) to wrap just one single gift for a birthday party or wedding."

The Midori-dori gift wrap requires no wrapping skills, and is environmentally friendly - it is meant to be gifted forward, encouraging the ultimate goal of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, thus giving perhaps the greatest gift of all - awareness.

With attractive colors and sizes, the Midori-dori truly enhances a gift with its elegant beauty and style. User friendly with an inside tie and outside bow, as well as a cardboard back if necessary - there is no need for paper, tape, scissors, ribbons or bows, also making the gift wraps easy to travel with - no crushable boxes or ribbons to deal with, and most importantly will always serve as a reminder to 'gift it forward.'

For more information go to www.midori-dori.com.

Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.

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