It’s always good to reuse and recycle. But in relation to reusing items made out of lokta paper produced in Nepal, the action assumes new meaning. Within our 9th year partnering with Nepalese paper makers, Aveda has become producing paper for gift wrap, 禮盒, bags, and other giftable items through the holidays.
Considering that the earthquake in 2015, the partnership has been particularly poignant because it is helps create income for longer than 5,500 women*-who happen to be, in turn, helping their families rebuild following the devastation.
Papermaking is a terrific way to support rural, impoverished aspects of Nepal, since the shrub that yields the bark (Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea) grows in communities where tasks are scarce. Equally impressive is the fact that the lokta shrub regenerates after cutting-making sure this important economic endeavor is sustainable and preserves the fragile forest ecology of mountainous Nepal.
Naturally, while supporting a rewarding cause-by buying either one among 12 pre-packaged Aveda gift boxes or by building a customized one starting in November-will make you feel happy, too. Lokta paper is one of the world’s best quality acid-free papers. It is said that the paper can last for one thousand years if resistant to sunlight. The truth is, it’s so sturdy the Nepalese government uses it for archiving important documents.
In the spirit of continuing the legacy of Nepalese lokta paper, we’ve assembled a few new uses of your lokta boxes, in order to survive in your home for years after you’ve emptied them of their gifts.
1. Store photos: Make use of 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 in the large box. Don’t forget to adhere a label on the exterior of the box identifying the events where you took your shots.
2. Gift cookies: We swear that sweets taste sweeter when presented within a pretty box.
3. Come up with a window garden: Line a box with a plastic bag and poke several small holes at the end of the bag. Fill the bag with soil and drop in several seeds-once the plant outgrows the box, transplant.
4. Craft coasters: Trace the base of a 64dexkpky drinking glass into the base of the box. Eliminate the circles and make use of these to support smaller glasses.
5. Create wall art: Flip within the lids from the 伴手禮 and paint them or cover them in photos-then tack them on the walls for memorable living-room décor.