Washi tape is decorative tape made from traditional Japanese paper, it was only invented in 2006!
Unlike western paper which is made from tree pulp, our washi is made using fibres from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia chrusantha), or the paper mulberry (kozo) bush. These fast growing trees and shrubs make the washi paper process sustainable as it is produced out of highly renewable resources.
The fibres are harvested and prepared before they are mixed with vegetable mucilage, commonly called neri and then pressed into sheets and dried.
The washi paper is then printed on using printing plates and adhesive added. The adhesive on the back of the washi tape is a non-toxic ‘water glue’ which is eco-friendly and suitable for recycling or biodegrading.
Finally, the washi tape is cut and wrapped (in our case, in eco friendly paper wrap opposed to common shrink-wrap).
Washi tape is durable, waterproof and heatproof and it will peel off without damage to be used again, giving it great value for money and a fantastic plastic free, eco conscious swap.