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Washi Tape, the Sustainable Masking Tape

Washi tape is a colorful decorative adhesive tape used in crafting and should not be confused with normal masking tape. Unlike masking tape, which is made from synthetic materials, Washi tape is made from sustainable natural fibers. Almost any plant fiber can be used, such as hemp, rice, bamboo, etc, but nearly 90% is made from the Kozo (mulberry) bush. Since natural fibers are used, they are biodegradable and can be recycled either by peeling and reusing or placing them in a compost bin.

The texture of Washi Tape is like masking tape but is more durable, waterproof, and heatproof. It is a child-friendly product that is easy to tear without the need for scissors and doesn’t have any harmful products. One nice feature of the tape is that it can be removed from nearly any surface, including paper without damage. This makes it ideal for journals, gift wrapping, and various other craft projects. Since it uses a low-tack adhesive, washi tape is easily used in a variety of painting projects to mark out shapes and outlines.

The cost of Washi tape can appear to be expensive, but since it is re-usable, it can be quite cost-effective over time. And since it comes in various patterns and colors, it can be reused several times before being discarded. Additionally, a quick internet search can provide instructions on how to make custom Washi tape at home. This versatile craft tool will become a staple for any arts and crafts project in which the uses are endless.