Forget fussing about wrapping gifts, or giving presents in pricey gift bags that either get thrown out, or re-used (and it’s often obvious when this happens).
Uzwelo Bags have launched drawstring Festive Bags – fabric bags that can be used for “wrapping” gifts, and then used afterwards for picnics, gym or storing things.
They’re available in four fun designs – Red, Flamingo, Watermelon and ZigZag – and cost R52 each, which is pretty good when you compare it to disposable gift bags and wrapping paper (around R30 and R20 respectively). The designs are also suited for beyond Christmas, and are stunning for birthday gifts.
There’s also a feel-good story behind Uzwelo – they’re made by KwaZulu-Natal crafters from the Uzwelo programme, a creative Expand A Sign initiative that trains people to make quality bags in various styles from surplus banner material that would otherwise end up in landfills.
You can buy online at www.uzwelo.co.za, and you can also buy a range of other bags too. Here’s some of what’s on offer: