My name is Stacey, and I am a washiholic. To resist a new design is complete torture, and I’ve even been known to buy my competitor's tape because it’s too cute. I’ve been an addict for long enough to learn the quality difference between Japanese and Chinese manufactured tape but come on…with the designs out there today…you just can’t resist sometimes. My addiction started with a beautifully wrapped package from an etsy seller who, to put it lightly, made the rest of my washi tape store owner career. The love story begins…

Washi 和紙 is a style of Japanese paper tape that started in Japan but manufacturing has now spread throughout the world. Washi tape is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia papyrifera), or the paper mulberry, but it's most commonly made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made in the traditional manner, regardless of where it’s manufactured.
When it comes to washi tape being eco friendly we consider the alternatives...which is duct (duck) tape. Duct tape's contents, and process for manufacturing, are extremely more harmful to the environment, does not biodegrade (although we have noticed a new duct tape on the market that claims to biodegrade within 15 years and yet another that is using soy oil for adhesive), cannot be reused and tends to leave a rather sticky mess when removed. Washi tape is reusable, biodegradable, tree free and made out of highly renewable resources. The adhesive can be silicon, rubber or acrylic depending on the brand.
Just like masking tape it does come off...unlike duct tape it does not leave a sticky mess. The coming off obviously depends on what you stick it on...if it's paper you're going to have to go really slow...if it's glass it will come off just fine. Obviously everything breaks down over time and...just like regular masking tape...the longer you leave it on the harder it is to get off...

Looking for a way to promote your business or ad that special touch to your shipments? Design your own washi tape for it!

Pricing quoted per 15mm but tape can increase in size in 5mm increments. Roll requirements decrease as mm increases.

Lead time - 4-6 weeks

Please email us at tape@wishywashi.com or contact us through the contact form.

Please note that we do not offer wholesale pricing on any of our items except custom washi tape as the market is already flooded with repeat designs and therefore causes it to be uncompetitive for retail.