It’s always good to reuse and recycle. But with regards to reusing items created using lokta paper manufactured in Nepal, the action assumes new meaning. Inside our 9th year partnering with Nepalese paper makers, Aveda is now producing paper for gift wrap, 禮盒, bags, and other giftable items in the holidays.
Ever since the earthquake in 2015, the relationship has become particularly poignant because it is helps create income for more than 5,500 women*-who are, consequently, helping their families rebuild following the devastation.
Papermaking is the best way to support rural, impoverished parts of Nepal, since the shrub that yields the bark (Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea) grows in communities where tasks are scarce. Equally impressive would be the fact the lokta shrub regenerates after cutting-ensuring that this important economic endeavor is sustainable and preserves the fragile forest ecology of mountainous Nepal.
Needless to say, while supporting a worthwhile cause-by buying either one among 12 pre-packaged Aveda gift boxes or by creating a customized one starting in November-can make you feel great, too. Lokta paper is one of the world’s finest quality acid-free papers. It is said the paper will last for one thousand years if shielded from sunlight. Actually, it’s so sturdy that this Nepalese government uses it for archiving important documents.
From the spirit of continuing the legacy of Nepalese lokta paper, we’ve put together several new ways to use your lokta boxes, in order to survive at home for years to come after you’ve emptied them of their gifts.
1. Store photos: Utilize a stack of those to stash pictures. Your three-by-fives will fit nicely from the medium box, while your four-by-sixes will rest comfortably inside the large box. Don’t forget to adhere a label externally of the box identifying the events from which you took your shots.
2. Gift cookies: We swear that sweets taste sweeter when presented in a pretty box.
3. Make a window garden: Line a box with a plastic bag and poke a couple of small holes in the bottom of the bag. Fill the bag with soil and drop in a couple of seeds-as soon as the plant outgrows the box, transplant.
4. Craft coasters: Trace the base of a 64dexkpky drinking glass to the bottom of the box. Remove the circles and employ these people to support smaller glasses.
5. Create wall art: Flip over the lids in the 伴手禮 and paint them or cover them in photos-then tack them to the walls for memorable living-room décor.