Vermont business owner aims to change gift giving for good

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SHELBURNE — Shelburne resident Meagan Downey is launching a new product in the fall with the hope of making the holidays less stressful and more sustainable.

Inspired by the Japanese tradition of furoshiki, Shiki Wrap is reusable gift bags and wrap printed in the US on a stretchy, soft performance fabric made from recycled plastic.

It is simply tied around the gift.

“There’s no need to hunt down the scissors or the tape,” said Downey. “And, if you don’t like the look of the tie the first time, you simply untie and tie again.”

Tying Shiki Wrap is also nearly silent, beneficial for late-night or last-minute wrapping needs.

Prior to now, gift-givers would have to either pay top dollar for artisan-printed furoshiki online or break out the sewing machine and make it themselves.

Shiki Wrap will debut in two collections.

The Holiday and all-occasion packaged in a reusable cloth gift bag will come in at a price point that is accessible to more Americans.

Downey is in the process of creating short educational videos to help consumers understand just how easy it is to use Shiki Wrap.

“The real differentiator here is the Repreve fabric sourced from recycled plastic,” Downey said. “It has an incredible feel and the patterns are gorgeous, all printed right here on the East Coast.”

Downey also plans to make a donation every quarter to a nonprofit, as she has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising.

“Nonprofits are really hurting right now,” Downey says, “I want to do anything I can to help.”

Shiki Wrap will also be offered as part of the Shelburne Community School PTO Fall Fundraiser in October, but anyone can sign up to preorder at https://mail.shikiwrap.com/prelaunch.