Designer Hema Kumar always found gift wrapping to be very rewarding. So much so, in fact, that she was her family's designated wrapper each festive season. For her, wrapping gifts beautifully is a way to increase their meaning and value.
Being of Indian origin, she grew up surrounded by luxurious textiles and was always fascinated by the immense array of colours, fabrics and designs she would find during visits to India.
FabRap shares Hema’s passion for textiles and gift wrapping through high quality, 100% organic cotton wrapping fabric made under fair labour and sustainable conditions in India. Refined prints meet contemporary hues, luxurious feel meets convenience and affordability. The result has been the creation of beautiful gift wrapping that lasts a lifetime.
Our premium high quality 100% organic fabrics add to the value of every gift given while looking after our precious resources at the same time. We have chosen to use a cotton fabric which is slightly heavier and less sheer than voile, and still has a lovely softness due to the way it is woven.
Soft, yet durable enough to stand the test of time so that our FabRaps can be handed from recipient to recipient for years to come.
Facts and figures of circularity of products closing the loop, material reutilisation, water stewardship
FabRap is an inherently circular product. One FabRap can be reused time and again to wrap for a lifetime and beyond. FabRaps are also produced in the most sustainable way possible. We use only GOTS certified organic cotton to ensure that our fabrics are produced sustainably. GOTS certification means that the cotton is produced under strict organic conditions using much less water than conventional cotton. It also ensures that there are no pesticides or insecticides used in production which helps farmers to diversify their land. GOTS certification also requires strict fair labour conditions taking care of safety and ensuring a good work environment.
Non circular alternatives to your products. What are they made of and how are they unsustainable?
Normal wrapping paper is rarely recyclable due to dyes, laminates and glitter. Also, any tape left on the paper after use renders the paper un-recyclable. The beauty of using fabric to wrap gifts is that you can use it for generations. Using beautiful and timeless design, we have created a product that people will cherish and be delighted by for years to come.
Usability of your products in terms of ease of use and as good as alternatives
Surprisingly, wrapping with fabric is actually much easier than with paper. There is no need for scissors or tape and when wrapping an unusually shaped object, the fabric easily molds to the shape of the object instead of tearing.
How much emission can save from producing your product vis-a-vis a general one in the market
The carbon footprint of a piece of paper is 6000kgs according to
(from energy required to create the paper and dispose of it in the landfill eight times).
According to research, the carbon footprint of a conventional woven cotton bag is 500kgs.
Organic cotton has an even lower carbon footprint than conventional cotton. In theory, this means we would save at least 5500kgs of emissions by replacing the paper just once. Since our product can be reused, it saves this as many times as you choose it instead of using a piece of paper.