Cardboard is the ultimate eco-material. Currently, 100% recyclable cardboard is used everywhere, especially in the distribution industry. With a more than 95% recycle rate in Japan, cardboard is the leader of the ecology movement.
A creative director of Penguin Inc., Masayuki Watanabe – created cardboard sandals called Kamiwaraji and washi paper socks called Kamitabi in Hanegi, a verdant area of Tokyo.
According to Masayuki Watanabe to The Japan Times “In 2014, our company, Penguin Inc., was working for the Japan Tourism Agency to develop Japan branding to promote inbound tourism. We got to meet about 400 overseas visitors, and were delighted to hear them praise Japanese culture and products as ‘cool’ and ‘cute.’ We wanted to make the ultimate souvenir for them, so we came up with Kami-waraji.”
Kamiwaraji – a name for cardboard sandals made in Japan. Waraji are traditional Japanese sandals made with straw that have been worn for ages. In Japanese, the first character used in the word waraji refers directly to the straw used in the item. The corrugated cardboard is light, breathable, environmentally friendly, and fully recyclable.
Kami-waraji are both an evolution and an homage to classic waraji, maintaining their eco-friendly image since they are made completely out of cardboard.
Besides Kamiwaraji, there is also Kamitabi – a Japanese tabi (socks) made of washi paper, featuring cool and diverse Japanese designs. The lightweight Kamitabi use functional fibre called camifine® which is made by cutting washi paper into twin strips and twisting it into fibre.
Kamitabi is sock with excellent breathing, moisture absorption and quick-drying performances. Kami means paper leads to Japanese Gods or Spirits. Tabi means sock leads to journey. Enjoy comfortable journey in godlike comfort with Kamiwaraji and Kamitabi.
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