We couldn’t resist that little pun! We already recycle polymer. All the scrap of our raw polymer is used to make new beads and our cracked beads are for curtains. We have been thinking about packing Samunnat jewelry in cotton fabric and paper for quite a few years but until recently we were still using plastic clear bags. I (Kopila) was not happy using plastic bags so our ladies started making fabric and paper bags to trial them to replace using plastic.
We wanted them to be eco friendly and to re-use our waste materials. Our ladies are donating their thin old saris and dopattas (scarves). We don’t buy papers at all and are using news papers which are donated by our neighbours. So we are trying and educate ourselves to use to the maximum our old stuff and stay within our budget. We realised that every month we were sending more than 100 plastic bags to Australia and other countries and we were polluting the environment. So now we have made Eco friendly packing bags. It may take time for Wendy didi and our buyers to open and count but we are looking forward for comments and make those bags easier to use. We think this is better than creating more waste in the world. One day we would love to be ZERO waste.