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Shimanto City, Kouchi Prefecture "Shimanto Newspaper Bag"

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This is a bag made by folding and gluing a newspaper one has finished reading. Created in 2003, this bag is a fusion of basic “eco” concepts, the Japanese art of origami, and the Japanese aesthetic sense of avoiding wastefulness. It has become famous nationwide.

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The newspaper bag’s birthplace is said to be home to Japan’s clearest river, the Shimantogawa in Kouchi Prefecture. It was conceived by a designer living in the area and constructed by older women living in the river basin. Part of the proceeds for this functional and beautiful bag benefit environmental conservation projects for the Shimantogawa river basin. It is a mechanism which allows newspapers, which are born from trees, to return to the forest.

While bags are available for purchase, by following the guide, it is also possible to create your own. You can make your own bag from a newspaper article that piques your interest, or from an advertisement that you like. Anywhere in the world, using any country’s newspaper, you can make a fun and stylish bag that also protects the environment.

On top of being flat and not bulky, bags made from newspaper are also durable. It also sucks up a bit of moisture and is very convenient for carrying everyday shopping goods and vegetables. The newspaper bag is a very useful item that protects the environment of our forests and rivers.

http://shimanto-shinbun-bag.jp/

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