3 Ways to Reuse Hessian Fabric

With the aim of being more green we’ve reduced plastic and paper usage in our packaging, each bouquet comes wrapped in hessian fabric and in a signature floristry tote. After you’ve unwrapped your flowers, we wanted to share three ways on how you can reuse the hessian fabric at home.

Sustainable Gift Wrap

Next time you need to give a gift, rather than use paper, reuse the hessian fabric. Just wrap as if using paper, forgo sellotape and fasten with twine string or your favourite ribbon to make it completely eco-friendly. A few sprigs of foliage to add a wild touch. Much like cotton, hessian is a natural and environmentally friendly fabric. In fact, it is even greener than its cotton counterpart due to its less water intensive production process, fast growth and its ability to biodegrade in soil.

Natural and environmentally friendly gift wrap

Natural and environmentally friendly gift wrap

Natural Table Decor


For a simple and natural table setting, reuse the hessian fabric to create placemats and coasters. Simply cut the fabric into rectangular shape for placemats and squares for coasters, at each corner pull out a top thread to create the frayed edge. Continue the natural theme with earthy-hue tableware, jars of flowers, loose foliage and scented candles for a rustic tablescape. Hessian is made from the skin of jute plants, that are braided, twisted or woven to increase its durability. The strength of the hessian jute fibers means that the fabric does not easily tear or stretch, and keeps its strength even after being wet and dried repeatedly.

Wild and natural table setting

Wild and natural table setting

Add rustic charm with a frayed edge

Add rustic charm with a frayed edge

Perfect for outdoor dining too, as hessian doesn’t fade in the sunlight

Perfect for outdoor dining too, as hessian doesn’t fade in the sunlight

Rustic Kitchenware

Spruce up your kitchen cupboards and storage jars with hessian lid covers. Simple and easy to create, just cut out circle, 3-4 cm wider than the diameter of the jar lid, so there is enough fabric to cover the lid and a few centimetres of the side. The jars covers are also perfect if you have a gift that you want to add a little decorative touch to. The word hessian is attributed to the historic use of the fabric in German soldiers uniforms, who were known as hessians.

Cute and decorative storage jar covers

Cute and decorative storage jar covers

From all this talk about the environment and being more eco-friendly, it got us thinking about Joy Harjo’s poem Remember. It symbolises a remind that everyone is connected to one another and the natural environment, making us consider everything we put into and take away from it.

Remember the sky that you were born under,

know each of the star’s stories.

Remember the moon, know who she is.

Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the

strongest point of time. Remember sundown

and the giving away to night.

Remember your birth, how your mother struggled

to give you form and breath. You are evidence of

her life, and her mother’s, and hers.

Remember your father. He is your life, also.

Remember the earth whose skin you are:

red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth

brown earth, we are earth.

Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their

tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,

listen to them. They are alive poems.

Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the

origin of this universe.

Remember you are all people and all people

are you.

Remember you are this universe and this

universe is you.

Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.

Remember language comes from this.

Remember the dance language is, that life is.

Remember.

 

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