It’s always good to reuse and recycle. But with regards to reusing items made out of lokta paper manufactured in Nepal, the action takes on new meaning. Within our 9th year partnering with Nepalese paper makers, Aveda is already producing paper for gift wrap, 禮盒, bags, along with other giftable items during the season.
Since the earthquake in 2015, the connection is particularly poignant as it is helps create income for over 5,500 women*-that are, consequently, helping their families rebuild after the devastation.
Papermaking is a great way to support rural, impoverished parts of Nepal, because the shrub that yields the bark (Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea) grows in communities where jobs are scarce. Equally impressive is always that the lokta shrub regenerates after cutting-ensuring that this important economic endeavor is sustainable and preserves the fragile forest ecology of mountainous Nepal.
Obviously, while supporting a worthwhile cause-by purchasing either certainly one of 12 pre-packaged Aveda gift boxes or by creating a customized one starting in November-forces you to feel good, too. Lokta paper is one of the world’s best quality acid-free papers. It is known the paper can last for 1,000 years if protected from sunlight. In fact, it’s so sturdy that the Nepalese government uses it for archiving important documents.
From the spirit of continuing the legacy of Nepalese lokta paper, we’ve assembled a couple of new ways to use your lokta boxes, to enable them to survive at your residence for years after you’ve emptied them of their gifts.
1. Store photos: Use a stack of those to stash pictures. Your three-by-fives will fit nicely within the medium box, while your four-by-sixes will rest comfortably in the large box. Don’t forget to keep a label on the exterior from the box identifying the events in which you took your shots.
2. Gift cookies: We swear that sweets taste sweeter when presented in the pretty box.
3. Come up with a window garden: Line a box using a plastic bag and poke a number of small holes at the bottom in 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 foot of a 64dexkpky drinking glass into the base of the box. Remove the circles and use them 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 on the walls for memorable living-room décor.