Find the perfect gift for those on your gift-giving list!
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At the top of the world in the Himalayas of Nepal, things are changing for the better for many families and the forests as well.
It started a decade ago, when Aveda began looking for partners to make beautiful handcrafted paper for our holiday gifts. We wanted paper that was sustainably sourced–and we found it – lokta bark paper from Nepal.
Aveda learned that the people of Nepal had been making Lokta bark paper since the twelfth century. It was used for royal decrees because it’s traditionally believed to last for 1,000 years. Today we use it to cover all of our gift boxes in green paper, all year long.
In our six years* of purchasing this durable paper, we have bought over 1,400,000 sheets, which has given employment to more than 4,900** people in remote villages with few opportunities for work. An amazing 91% of the paper makers are women, who give back to their communities and save money in cooperatives, ensuring a better future. 2,400 families have directly benefited from Aveda’s purchase of handcrafted paper. It has helped 5,470 children to attend school—many from very poor families who could not otherwise afford an education.
Our paper purchase has also benefited the environment. Forest groups help protect 34,000 acres of forest that provide Lokta bark for our gift set paper—which has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. Our Lokta bark paper has also earned Wildlife Friendly certification, which means it helps protect the beautiful diversity of Himalayan wildlife. Protecting the forest not only preserves habitat but also fights climate change. This is a gift for all of us.
We believe you give joy with each gift covered in Lokta bark paper from Nepal.
*2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012. **Full and part-time.
Remember, these are limited-edition holiday gift sets. Each box is wrapped in the sustainably harvested, handcrafted Nepali paper.
It’s never too early to start stocking up. Gift sets, packages and stocking stuffers are available at all three Namaste locations: Namaste An Aveda Concept Salon on 9th Avenue, Namaste on Broadway and Namaste Pure Design Studio.